We are pleased to announce that the third of our 2021 grants winner, the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, ha completed the project and made available in Archives Portal Europe the Oury Archive, the business archives of Libert Eugene Joseph Alexandre Oury (1868-1939), an important financier and director of the Mozambique Company, which took on the construction of the Trans-Zambezi Railway in British and Portuguese imperial Africa and other important colonial infrastructures.
The archive provides a rich source of information for railway, transport, postcolonial and global studies. The records extend to the 1970s as the businesses were continued by his son Vivian Libert Oury (1912-1988). Focussed on the first half of the 20th century, the archive reveals important facets of European colonial policy and commercial imperialism during the twilight years of the British and Portuguese empires, and also has some material on labour history and relations.
The APE Metadata Ingestion Grant has enabled the creation and publication of a standards-based catalogue for the Oury Archive for the first time. The new finding aid delivers more extensive and structured information on the contents of the archive’s 60 boxes, now freely available in Archives Portal Europe as well as on Archives Hub, the UK national-level aggregator for APE.
The catalogue of the archive in APE is available here;
Four NAME authorities with background on Libert Oury, Vivian Oury, the Mozambique Company, and the Trans-Zambesia Railway Company Limited were also created and are available here.
The full report on the work conducted by the Borthwick Institute is here: