The firm of William Gardner & Co., were founder members of the Liverpool Provision Trade Association. This explains why the forty-three volumes of its "Provision Trade Circulars" survived in the Archives of the Association. Because of the importance of Liverpool as a major importing port, these records are of national importance and essential to the study of the national economy in depth during the latter half of the nineteenth century. It is significant that they cover the Irish Famine year, 1847, Great Exhibition year, 1851, and the Cotton, Famine, American Civil War years. The Provision Circulars are an incomplete run from 1847-1896. Also included were 26 volumes of The Grocer, 1899-1913, again the run is incomplete. For further details see the attached catalogue.