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The assemblage of documents, records, photographs, artifacts and old products gathered up during the Centenary year celebrations of the company in 1997 makes up the Centenary Collection.


The collection reveals the genesis of the company, the ideology and beliefs behind its success and the ambition, integrity and sincerity of the founder members i.e. Ardeshir Burjorji Godrej and Pirojsha Burjorji Godrej. Some of the documents include Ardeshir's formula in his own hand on how to make soaps from vegetable oil, the majestic Springless lock Patent granted by King Edward VII, Profit & Loss Statements and Balance Sheets of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. and Godrej Soaps Ltd.


Personal letters written to family members in both Gujarati and English, particularly letters written by Pirojsha's grandchildren to him bring out the softer side of our founders.


Old advertisements and other publicity material of Godrej products divulge their struggle to out-do international and domestic competition by glorifying our superior quality.


Among the other records are papers relating to the vast tracts of land owned by the family at Vikhroli and Nasik, bungalows at Andheri, bill of sales and Trust Deeds of the bungalow at Ridge Road, Malabar Hill, Mumbai.

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