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British Library of Political and Economic Science

Unregistered School Archive Files


Reference code(s): GB 0097 LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS ARCHIVES/Unregistered School Archive Files

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: Unregistered School Archive Files

Date(s): 1895-1997

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: c 420 boxes, 312 volumes, 1 file and outsize material

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


Administrative/Biographical history:

This section comprises important documents which were not incorporated into the LSE Central Filing System, and mainly comprises minutes and papers of smaller or short-lived committees, and printed material.


Scope and content/abstract:

Unregistered files relating to the LSE, comprising the following.
Early records of the London School of Economics, 1895-1970, including documents of incorporation, 1901-1970, financial records, 1895-1920, outgoing letter books of the Director and Secretary, 1896-1915, registers of students, 1895-1921, and a students' fee book, 1896-1901.
Material relating to the LSE and its work, 1899-1985, mainly comprising printed and duplicated reports produced in connection with inspections and grant applications, 1899-1985; pamphlets, leaflets and press cuttings concerning the physical development of the School, 1902-1939, including and inventory of School buildings; miscellaneous material concerning the class for the Training of Officers for the Higher Appointments on the Administrative Staff of the Army and for the charge of Central Services, 1907-1914; reports to the Director on academic and administrative matters, 1968-1985; miscellaneous volumes containing material relating to research studentships, 1900-1906, articles about the School, 1901-1929, public lectures on London transport, 1934 and memoranda and statements relating to student unrest, 1969.
Papers relating to the British Library of Political and Economic Science, 1897-1982, notably outgoing letterbooks from the Librarian John McKillop, 1902-1908; acknowledgement books, 1897-1903, giving thanks for books received; accessions registers, 1896-1951; leaflets relating to the Library and its rules, 1896-1900; registers of permit holders and visitors, 1897-1972; and early financial records, 1895-1928.
Director's files of Sir William Henry Beveridge, 1914-1946, including registered and unregistered files generally concerning University of London committee work, LSE academic matters, including the Commerce Degree, and staff appointments.Director's files of Sir Sydney Caine, 1956-1967, mainly concerning his outside interests and activities, such as work for the British Council, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, the European League for Economic Co-operation, the College of Estate Management, Imperial College, the Northampton College of Advanced Technology (City University) and the Robbins Report.
Records of the LSE Student's Union, 1912-1965, including minutes, 1912-1913; reports on the constitution of the Student's Union, 1938; minutes of the LSE Student's Christian Movement, 1939-1949; Student's Union Short Term Development Plan, 1965.
Photographs, negatives and drawings of the School and its members [1895-1970], including group photographs of teachers, students, sports teams and classes; portraits of staff members; photographs of School activities such as royal visits and Rag Week; pictures and photographs of School buildings; albums and press cuttings relating to the Student's Union.
Press cuttings collected by the LSE, 1895-1973, including general news relating to the School, and specifically the institution of the Commerce Degree in 1919 and the student unrest in 1969-1973.
Printed material, 1898-1995, including Director's Reports, 1904-1980; LSE Calendars, 1902-1995; examination papers for Anthropology, 1960-1966, Commerce, 1920-1937, and Economics, 1907-1955; material produced by the Library, 1913-1995, including Annual Reports, bulletins and guides; material produced by the LSE Student's Union, 1898-1982, including handbooks and Annual Reports; copies of the Clare Market Review, 1905-1973; copies of The Beaver, 1949-1996; printed material concerning University of London administration, 1898-1945.
Later deposits, [1923]-1996, including files regarding the LSE's proposed purchase of County Hall, 1992; minutes of various School committees, [1951-1990]; Press Office photographs, negatives and prints taken by the official School photographer of School occasions, [1930-1985]; LSE publications, 1982-1996, including Obiter, the journal of the LSE Law Society, Plebs, the staff newsletter of the Library, and the LSE Magazine; papers relating to the Geography Department, 1933-1983; two photographs of LSE porters, [1987]; reports by F J Lingwood, a Sir Ernest Cassel Scholarship holder, on his tour to investigate advertising and publicity, 1937; papers relating to the Library, [1923-1997], including minutes of the Library Committee and the Senior Management Group, registers of donations and accessions, annual reports, handbooks, guides and offprints of articles relating to the Library.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Open, with the exception of files less than 20 years old. Apply to Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright retained by the LSE.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Temporary handlist and on-line catalogue available.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:



Archival history:

Given by the LSE in 1987/88. Later deposits were given by individuals and School departments between 1996 and 2000.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

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. 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

Personal names
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
Lingwood | F J | fl 1937 | Sir Ernest Cassel Scholarship holder
McKillop | John M | d 1924 | secretary and librarian

Corporate names
British Council
British Library of Political and Economic Science
College of Estate Management
County Hall
European League for Economic Cooperation
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine x Imperial College of Science and Technology x Imperial College x University of London | Imperial College
LSE | London School of Economics and Political Science x London School of Economics and Political Science
National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Northampton College of Advanced Technology x City University
Organisation for Comparative Social Research
University of London x London University

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe