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British Library of Political and Economic Science

Political Studies Association


Reference code(s): GB 0097 PSA

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: Political Studies Association

Date(s): 1950-1983

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 25 boxes and ring binders

Name of creator(s): Political Studies Association


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Political Studies Association (PSA) was founded in 1950 with the aim of developing and promoting the study of politics. The PSA organises annual conferences, publishes series of works on political subjects, offers research scholarships and prizes, and maintains contact with other similar organisations. It also publishes four periodicals: Political Studies, the British Journal of Political and Industrial Relations, Politics, and PSA News. Overall policy and administration is decided by an Executive Committee.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Political Studies Association, 1950-1983, including minutes of the PSA, 1950-1981; conference papers, 1952-1981, including material on organisation; Chairman's correspondence, 1965-1968; Treasurer's correspondence, 1965-1968; correspondence and papers concerning the editing of Political Studies, 1965-1966; correspondence of the Executive Committee, 1965-1968, the Fulton Committee, 1966, and the Social Science Research (Heyworth) Committee, 1963-1964; correspondence of the Comparative Politics Group, 1967-1970; papers and correspondence with Oxford University Press, 1965-1968; membership letters, 1961-1975; material concerning the International Political Studies Association, 1963-1968.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in section as follows: correspondence, minutes and conference papers.

Conditions governing access:

Apply to Archivist.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright retained by depositor. Most documents may be photocopied.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

On-line catalogue available.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given by the PSA in 1974, and 1977. Further material was given by Professor George Jones in 1988.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The British Library of Political and Economic Science also holds the papers of the British International Studies Association (Ref: BISA).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: British Library of Political and Economic Science Archives catalogue; PSA website at 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: Mar 2001

Politics | Political science

Personal names

Corporate names
International Political Studies Association
Oxford University Press
Political Studies Association