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British Library of Political and Economic Science

LSE History Collection


Reference code(s): GB 0097 LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS ARCHIVES/LSE History Collection

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: LSE History Collection

Date(s): 1895-1998

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: c 195 boxes, 3 volumes and 1 file

Name of creator(s): LSE History Project


Administrative/Biographical history:

This material was gathered by the LSE History Project team in support of Ralf Gustav Dahrendorf's LSE: a history of the London School of Economics and Political Science, 1895-1995 (Oxford University Press, 1995).


Scope and content/abstract:

Material collated by the LSE History Project, 1895-1998, mainly comprising copies of material found in the LSE Archives, other archival institutions and publications, notably papers concerning academic courses (such as the Commerce Degree), academic staff and teaching, including the establishment of various Chairs; financial material, including audited accounts and statistics; papers relating to various trusts and benefactors such as the Rockefeller Foundation and the Carnegie Trust; papers concerning the history of the British Library of Political and Economic Science; material relating to the buildings of LSE from 1899 to the present, including pictures and maps; extensive material concerning individual academic departments, namely Anthropology, Economic History, Economics, Geography, Government, Industrial Relations, International History, International Relations, Language Studies, Law, Philosophy, Social Policy and Administration, Social Psychology, Sociology, Statistics and Mathematical Sciences; biographical material regarding the Directors of the LSE, namely William Albert Samuel Hewins, Sir Halford John Mackinder, the Hon William Pember Reeves, Lord William Henry Beveridge, Sir Alexander Morris Carr-Saunders, Sir Walter Adams, Lord Ralf Gustav Dahrendorf, and Dr Indraprasad Gordhanbhai Patel; papers relating to LSE groups, clubs and societies, including the Senior Common Room and the Friends of LSE; material concerning prominent alumni; articles by various authors on the history of LSE; papers and press cuttings relating to historical incidents at LSE, notably relating to student unrest and demonstrations; press cuttings on various topics relating to LSE, including foundation, relations with the University of London, and national educational policy; biographical material on prominent members of LSE, such as Friedrich August von Hayek, Lancelot Thomas Hogben, Harold Joseph Laski, Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski, Sir Karl Raimund Popper, Lionel Charles Robbins and Sidney and Beatrice Webb; reminiscences of life at LSE by former students and staff, from foundation to the 1990s; material relating to LSE research units; papers on the constitution, organisation and governance of LSE; staff biographical files containing alphabetically arranged information on former and current staff, including governors, professors, readers, senior administration and library, and former students of the School; material relating to the Student's Union, with biographical details of the Presidents; miscellaneous press cuttings and biographical material concerning the position of women at LSE; administration files of the LSE History Project; photographs of LSE staff, students, buildings and general School scenes.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The papers have been grouped into broad subject areas. Boxes are arranged alphabetically by box title.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by the LSE.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Temporary handlist available.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Given by the LSE History Project in 1995.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The BLPES also holds the oral history interviews undertaken or collected by the LSE History Project (Ref: London School of Economics Archives/LSE Oral History). Further material concerning the LSE may be found in the other sections of the London School of Economics Archives and the papers of Beatrice and Sidney Webb (Ref: Passfield), Sir Walter Adams (Ref: Adams), Lord William Henry Beveridge (Ref: Beveridge), Sir Sydney Caine (Ref: Caine), and Sir Alexander Carr-Saunders (Ref: Carr-Saunders).

Material was also collated from the Hewins Papers at the University of Sheffield, the Hogben Papers at the University of Birmingham, the Mackinder Papers in the School of Geography, University of Oxford, the Reeves Papers at the Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand, the Steel Maitland Papers in the Scottish Record Office in Edinburgh and the Rockefeller Archive Center, New York.

Publication note:

Ralf Gustav Dahrendorf LSE: a history of the London School of Economics and Political Science, 1895-1995 (Oxford University Press, 1995).



Archivist's note: Sources: British Library of Political and Economic Science Archives catalogue. Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996). 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: Feb 2001

Higher education institutions | Educational institutions
Historical research | History

Personal names
Adams | Sir | Walter | 1906-1975 | Knight | economist
Beveridge | William Henry | 1879-1963 | 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggall | economist x Beveridge of Tuggall | 1st Baron
Dahrendorf | Ralf Gustav | b 1929 | Baron Dahrendorf of Clare Market | Professor | sociologist
Hayek | Friedrich August | von | 1899-1992 | Austrian economist x von Hayek | Friedrich August
Hewins | William Albert Samuel | 1865-1931 | political economist, historian and politician
Hogben | Lancelot Thomas | 1895-1975 | zoologist
Laski | Harold Joseph | 1893-1950 | Professor | political theorist
Mackinder | Sir | Halford John | 1861-1947 | Knight | geographer and politician
Malinowski | Bronislaw Kasper | 1884-1942 | Polish anthropologist
Patel | Indraprasad Gordhanbhai | b 1924 | Indian economist
Popper | Sir | Karl Raimund | 1902-1994 | Knight | philosopher
Reeves | William Pember | 1857-1932 | New Zealand journalist and politician
Robbins | Lionel Charles | 1898-1984 | Baron Robbins of Clare Market | Professor | economist x Robbins of Clare Market | Baron
Saunders | Sir | Alexander Morris | Carr- | 1886-1966 | Knight | economist and educationist x Carr-Saunders | Sir | Alexander Morris
Webb | Martha Beatrice | 1858-1943 | née Potter | social reformer and historian x Potter | Martha Beatrice x Webb | Beatrice
Webb | Sidney James | 1859-1947 | 1st Baron Passfield | social reformer and historian x Passfield | 1st Baron

Corporate names
British Library of Political and Economic Science
Carnegie United Kingdom Trust
LSE History Project
LSE | London School of Economics and Political Science x London School of Economics and Political Science
Rockefeller Foundation
University of London x London University

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