Document ReferenceCRC
TitlePapers of the Cotton Research Corporation, 1921-1976
Extent70 metres
2000 photographs
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; minutes, accounts business reports, research reports and papers, correspondence, photographs.
Access ConditionsAdvance written notice and an appointment are essential; unlisted series not available to the public.
Admin HistoryThe Cotton Research Corporation evolved from the Empire Cotton Growing Corporation, founded in 1921 by Royal Charter. The purpose of this body was to grow cotton in countries within the then British Empire, chiefly in Africa. It soon became apparent that in order to achieve this goal specialist knowledge and research was needed. Thus the Corporation abandoned its direct involvement in cotton growing projects and directed its attention toward research.

The Corporation gradually extended its area of interest to local farming systems and the crops associated with them.

Following the Second World War the Corporation's work was increasingly geared to the improvement of the agricultural economies of the producing countries. The Corporation became solely an instrument of development, a change in function which was formalised in 1966 by the change in name from the now British Cotton Growing Corporation to the Cotton Research Corporation. During the final ten years of its existence, the CRC acted as a British technical assistance organization charged with supplying information, advice and practical help on cotton growing to developing countries. It did this through a team of agricultural scientists in collaboration with overseas governments in research programmes.

In 1974 it became clear that the CRC was no longer financially viable and its overseas operations were wound down. It was formally dissolved in 1976.
Custodial HistoryThe papers came to Nottingham University Library from the Corporation and its agents in 1976 and 1978.
DescriptionThe archive of the Cotton Research Corporation reflects its primary interest in all aspects of cotton cultivation. The papers cover scientific, economic, climatic and other factors affecting the growing of cotton in a wide range of countries from Africa (the Sudan in particular) to the West Indies and the Indian sub-continent. There are extensive research reports and records of field trials, including research papers on cotton breeding and cotton pests. There is an especially noteworthy collection of photographs from research stations.
MgtGroupBusiness records
Scientific, research and educational records
Papers of scientific interest
ArrangementThe arrangement of the collection by subject and administrative series reflects the active life of the files.
TermCotton growing - Africa - 20th century
Cotton growing - India - 20th century
Cotton growing - Research - Photographs
Cotton - diseases and pests
FindingAidsThere is no publicly available finding aid. Please contact the Department for further advice.
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialSpecial Collection comprises a library of monographs, pamphlets and journals built up by the Cotton Research Corporation (1966-1976) (CRCL)
British Cotton Growing Association records at the University of Birmingham
Related RecordCRCL

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA185Cotton Research Corporation, London
NA186British Cotton Growing Corporation
NA187Empire Cotton Growing Corporation, London
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