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British Library of Political and Economic Science

LSE Oral History


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

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: LSE Oral History

Date(s): 1973-2000

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 12 boxes

Name of creator(s): London School of Economics and Political Science


Administrative/Biographical history:

Most of the oral history interviews were organised by the LSE History project for the School Centenary History, or collected by the project. The interviews conducted by Nadim Shehadi were taped in the early 1980s as part of his research on the development of Economics at LSE in the interwar period, and were transcribed by the LSE History Project in 1991.


Scope and content/abstract:

Tapes, transcripts and summaries of oral history interviews relating to the history of the London School of Economics, 1973-2000, with staff, students and administrative staff of the School, including Professor Amiya Dasgupta, George Panormo, Professor Sir Raymond William Firth, Sir (Ernest) Henry Phelps Brown, Professor Albert Henry Halsey, Mrs Betty Scharf, Mrs Dora Cleather, Dr Anne Bohm, Ted Brown, Professor Frederick Jack Fisher, Hugh Lancelot Beales, Professor Alan Musgrave, Professor Eugene Grebenik, Professor James Durbin, Professor Alan Stuart, Professor Benjamin Charles Roberts, Professor Kingsley Bryce Speakman Smellie, Baroness Beatrice Nancy Seear, Dr Thomas Humphrey Marshall, Professor Donald Gunn Macrae, and Professor Sir Karl Raimund Popper. Also includes a life story interview with Professor Sir Raymond William Firth, given in 2000, and an interview with Professor Michael Joseph Oakeshott, 1988-1989.
Also includes transcripts and tapes of interviews undertaken by Nadim Shehadi with 1930s economists, [1980-1985], notably Professor Sir Roy George Douglas Allen, Hugh Lancelot Beales, Professor Nicholas Kaldor, and Professor Frederick Jack Fisher.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Some interviewees not listed above have requested that their interviews be closed during their lifetimes. Apply to the Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Apply to Archivist for copyright details.

Physical characteristics:

Audio cassettes.

Finding aids:

Printed handlist available for the open material.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:



Archival history:

Most of the material was given by the LSE History project in 1995. Material concerning the interview with Michael Oakeshott was given by the School History Project in 1998. The life story interview given by Raymond Firth to the National Sound Archive was given by Qualidata, University of Essex, in 2001.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Existence and location of originals:

Original tapes and transcript of the Raymond Firth interview are held at the National Sound Archive, London.

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The British Library of Political and Economic Science also holds the papers of the LSE History project (Ref: London School of Economics Archives/LSE History Project), which includes reminiscences by staff and students. 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).

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
Oral history | Historical methods | History

Personal names
Allen | Sir | Roy George Douglas | 1906-1983 | Knight | statistician
Beales | Hugh Lancelot | 1889-1988 | economic historian
Bohm | Anne | fl 1942-1990 | Secretary of the Graduate School, LSE
Brown | Edward | fl 1927-1976 | Head Porter, LSE x Brown | Ted
Brown | Sir | Ernest Henry | Phelps | 1906-1994 | Knight | economist x Phelps Brown | Sir | Ernest Henry
Cleather | Dora W | fl 1931-1989 | secretary to Jessy Mair, Secretary of LSE
Dasgupta | Amiya | fl 1920-1988 | Indian economist
Durbin | James | b 1923 | Professor | statistician
Firth | Sir | Raymond William | 1901-2002 | Knight | anthropologist
Fisher | Frederick Jack | 1908-1988 | Professor | economic historian
Grebenik | Eugene | b 1919 | Professor | statistician
Halsey | Albert Henry | b 1923 | Professor | sociologist
Kaldor | Nicholas | 1908-1986 | Baron Kaldor of Newnham | economist x Kaldor of Newnham | Baron
Macrae | Donald Gunn | b 1921 | Professor | sociologist
Marshall | Thomas Humphrey | 1893-1981 | sociologist
Musgrave | Alan | fl 1958-1990 | Professor of Philosophy
Oakeshott | Michael Joseph | 1901-1990 | Professor | philosopher and political theorist
Panormo | George | 1886-1984 | Head Porter, LSE
Popper | Sir | Karl Raimund | 1902-1994 | Knight | philosopher
Roberts | Benjamin Charles | b 1917 | Professor of Industrial Relations
Scharf | Betty R | fl 1930-1989 | sociology lecturer and Governor of LSE
Seear | Beatrice Nancy | 1913-1997 | Baroness Seear of Paddington | social scientist and politician x Seear of Paddington | Baroness
Shehadi | Nadim | fl 1980-1991 | economic historian
Smellie | Kingsley Bryce Speakman | 1897-1987 | Professor | political scientist
Stuart | Alan | fl 1946-1989 | Professor | statistician

Corporate names
LSE | London School of Economics and Political Science x London School of Economics and Political Science

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe