Bunzl Group of Companies Collection
Scope and Content Note
The Bunzl Group of Companies Collection documents the early history of the Bunzl Group, especially its financial history. The collection includes articles and reports on the history of the company, restitution documents, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and extensive annual reports, directors' reports, and employee newsletters.
The first series relates to the history of the Bunzl Group and to more recent family involvement in it. Included are reports and an article on the company history, in addition to restitution documentation that includes information on company property in Bratislava, in the former Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia).
The second series consists of documentation on individual divisions of the company and on the umbrella groups of the company (Bunzl Textile Holdings Limited and Bunzl plc). These documents provide numerous details on the financial standing and development of the company, including its expansion into various divisions and subsidiary companies. Material in this series largely relates to the subsidiary companies in Austria and the United Kingdom, although other locations are mentioned in employee publications. A significant portion of the series consists of annual reports, directors' reports and account reports that document in detail the finances of the Bunzl Group in the United Kingdom or of its divisions in the United Kingdom or Austria. Most of the correspondence of this series pertains to the sale, share or transfer of shares in the company. Some information on Hugo Bunzl is present in a memorial edition of the Lenzinger Zellulose und Papierfabrik's employee periodical of this series.
- Majority of material found within 1949-1985
- Bunzl, Rudolph, 1922- (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in English and German.
Open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
The Bunzl Group of Companies began with Moritz Bunzl's establishment of a haberdashery business in Pressburg (now Bratislava, Slovakia) in 1854. By the 1880s the haberdashery business no longer existed and his sons expanded the company into the purchase, sorting and sale of textile waste materials with paper and textile industries in Austria. Prior to World War I the first paper mill was added. During the late 1930s and early 1940s Bunzl family members established businesses in Zug, Switzerland; London, England; and Atlanta, Georgia, with a focus on the manufacturing of paper, including crepe paper and paper cigarette filters. During the 1950s and 1960s, the production of cigarette filters provided significant financial gains for the Group, and the Group diversified into many different areas, such as the manufacturing of fibers and plastics, as well as into industries such as distribution, disposable products and outsourcing. Due to this diversification, in 1981 Bunzl Pulp and Paper became Bunzl plc. The modern-day public companies of Bunzl plc and Filtrona plc are the descendants of the original Bunzl family business.
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The Bunzl Group of Companies Collection documents the history of this company and its subsidiary divisions, especially its financial history. The collection includes articles and reports on the history of the company, restitution documents, correspondence relating to the sale, transfer or purchase of shares in the company, newspaper clippings, and extensive annual reports, directors' reports, and employee newsletters.
The collection is arranged in two series:
Two journals by the Monopolies Commission of the House of Commons were removed from Series II of the collection, with photocopies made of noted or relevant material and retained in the collection.
- Annual reports
- Bunzl (Firm)
- Bunzl family
- Bunzl, Rudolph, 1922-
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Family-owned business enterprises
- International business enterprises
- Jewish businesspeople
- Lenzing (Firm)
- Paper products industry
- Publications (documents)
- Textile industry
- Guide to the Records of the Bunzl Group of Companies 1857-2008 (bulk 1949-1985) AR 25318
- Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
- © 2013
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- Edition statement
- This version was derived from Bunzl_Group_of_Companies.xml
- May 2016:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.