|Description||Originally incorporated as the African Association Ltd, 3 June 1889. Name changed on 4 September 1919 to the African and Eastern Trade Corporation Ltd. Merged with the Niger Company on 3 March 1929 to form The United Africa Company Ltd|
On 20 May 1919 Millers Ltd, the African Association and F and A Swanzy reacted to the growing power of the Niger Company by merging and forming the African and Eastern Trade Corporation Ltd.
The ensuing decade of competition between the Niger Company and the African and Eastern Trade Corporation Ltd proved ruinous to both companies, and as a result they merged on 3 March 1929 to form the United Africa Company.
This section comprises not only the records of the African & Eastern Trading Corporation Ltd itself, including correspondence and accounts, annual reports, minutes of Ordinary General Meetings, agendas and reports of the Sealing Committee, and minutes of the meetings of directors, but also the records of the African Association Ltd and the many subsidiary companies either taken over by the African & Eastern or established by them during the period 1919-1929. It also includes a series of correspondence and reports relating to mineral prospecting, chiefly in Nigeria and the Cameroons, instigated by Millers and Swanzy's on behalf of the AETC in the 1920s. From April 1929 the Mining Department of the AETC merged with a new department established by UAC, employing many of the same staff [see UAC/2/7]
Company number: 29140