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British Library of Political and Economic Science

KEEN, Frank Noel, 1869-1957, barrister and legal writer


Reference code(s): GB 0097 KEEN

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: KEEN, Frank Noel, 1869-1957, barrister and legal writer

Date(s): 1923-1957

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 box

Name of creator(s): Keen | Frank Noel | 1869-1957 | barrister and legal writer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1869; educated at City of London School; trained as an accountant, qualifying in 1892; gained law degree, 1897; called to Bar, Middle temple, 1897; practiced as barrister at the Parliamentary Bar, [1897]-1954; one of the founders of the League of Nations Society, 1915; Member of Executive, League of Nations Society, 1915-1918; Member of Executive, League of Nations Union, 1918-1928; retired, 1954; died 1957. Publications: A better League of Nations (Allen and Unwin, London, 1934); A guide to the Liabilities War Time Adjustment Act (Stevens and Sons, London, 1941); A League of Nations with large powers (Allen and Unwin, London, 1918); Crossing the Rubicon, or the passage from the rule of force to the rule of law among nations (Cornish Bros., Birmingham, 1939); Hammering out details (Fifield, London, 1917); compiler of Local legislation, 1909-1911 (Walter Southwood and Co, London, 1912-14); Markets, fairs and slaughter-houses (King and Son, Westminster, 1904); Parliamentary companies (Gee and Co, London, 1906); Real security against war (Williams and Norgate, London, 1929); The abolition of war (David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies: London, 1956); The law relating to public service undertakings (King and Son, London, 1925); The permanent court of international justice (League of Nations Union, 1922); The world in alliance: a plan for preventing future wars (Southwood and Co, London, 1915); Towards international justice (Allen and Unwin, London, 1923); Tramway companies and local authorities (Merritt and Hatchers, London, 1902); Urban police and sanitary legislation (King and Son, Westminster, 1905); A guide to the Public Works Facilities Act, 1930 (Stevens and Sons, London, 1931); Bankruptcy (Gee and Co, London, 1891).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Frank Noel Keen, 1923-1957, mainly relating to international law, especially the League of Nations Union.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Closed until listed.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright unknown. No documents may be photocopied.

Physical characteristics:

The condition of some of the documents is poor.

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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given by the family in 1962.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The British Library of Political and Economic Science Archives hold personal account books of Frank Noel Keen, 1892-1957 (Ref: Coll Misc 0341). The Bodleian Library, Oxford University, holds correspondence with Gilbert Murray, 1918-1941 (Ref: MSS Gilbert Murray).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. 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: Nov 2000

International law

Personal names
Keen | Frank Noel | 1869-1957 | barrister and legal writer

Corporate names
League of Nations Union