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British Library of Political and Economic Science

CAINE, Sir Sydney, 1902-1991, Director of the LSE


Reference code(s): GB 0097 CAINE

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: CAINE, Sir Sydney, 1902-1991, Director of the LSE

Date(s): [1955-1968]

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 2 boxes

Name of creator(s): Caine | Sir | Sydney | 1902-1991 | Knight | Director of the LSE


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1902; educated Harrow County School and the London School of Economics; Assistant Inspector of Taxes, 1923-1926; entered Colonial Office, 1926; Secretary, West Indian Sugar Commission, 1929; Secretary, UK Sugar Industry Inquiry Committee, 1934; Financial Secretary, Hong Kong, 1937; Assistant Secretary, Colonial Office, 1944; CMG, 1945; Deputy Under-Secretary for State, Colonial Office, 1947-1948; KCMG, 1947; 3rd Secretary of the Treasury, 1948; Head of the UK Treasury and Supply Delegation, Washington, 1949-1951; Chief of the World Bank Mission to Ceylon, 1951; Vice-Chancellor, University of Malaya, 1952-1956; Chairman, British Caribbean Federation Fiscal Commission, 1955; Director, London School of Economics, 1957-1967; Chairman, Grassland Utilisation Committee, 1957-1958; Member, 1960-1967, and Deputy Chairman, 1964-1967, Independent Television Authority; Chairman, International Institute of Educational Planning, 1963-1970; Governor, Reserve Bank of Rhodesia, 1965-1967; Coordinator, Indonesian Sugar Study, 1971-1972; Chairman of the Governing Body and Member of the Board, University College at Buckingham, 1973-1983; died 1991. Publications: British Universities: purpose and prospects (Bodley Head, London, 1969); Prices for primary producers (Institute of Economic Affairs, London, 1963); The history of the foundation of the London School of Economics and Political Science (G Bell and Sons, London, 1963); University independence: the main questions (Rex Collings, London, 1971); The price of stability: a study of price fluctuations in primary products with alternative proposals for stablisation (Institute of economic Affairs, London, 1983).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Sydney Caine, [1955-1968], notably material on the early history of the London School of Economics, [1955-1958], including copies of articles by Lady Janet Beveridge concerning the administration of the LSE following World War One and the Directorship of William Henry Beveridge, 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggal; papers relating to Caine's Directorship of the LSE, 1966-1969, mainly comprising material relating to student unrest; two volumes of a personal diary, 1942-1943; a photograph album of the West Indian Sugar Commission, 1929-1930.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in files according to subject.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Apply to Archivist for copyright details. No documents may be photocopied.

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Archival history:

Given by the family in 1991. Diaries and photograph albums transferred by the Librarian.

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Related material:

The BLPES also holds material relating to Sir Sydney Caine in the papers of the Royal Economic Society (Ref: RES/2/1/6-7, 4/4/3, 6/1/73, 11/1/3, 13/9, 16/17-19), the London School of Economics (Ref: LSE Archives/Caine/0001-6, and Unregistered School Archive files/23/1/1-38), Professor James Edward Meade (Ref: Meade/4/15), and Sir Arnold Plant (Ref: Plant/PCom, Corr, LCES, Educ and DOBA). There are also Caine papers relating to Rhodesia, 1962 (Ref: Coll Misc 0433).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 2000

Student unrest | Student sociology | Educational sociology | Educational sciences

Personal names
Beveridge | Janet | 1876-1959 | wife of 1st Baron Beveridge | Secretary of the LSE x Mair | Jessy x Beveridge | Baroness
Beveridge | William Henry | 1879-1963 | 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggall | economist x Beveridge of Tuggall | 1st Baron
Caine | Sir | Sydney | 1902-1990 | Knight | public servant

Corporate names
LSE | London School of Economics and Political Science x London School of Economics and Political Science
West Indian Sugar Commission

West Indies x Caribbean