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ROBBINS, Lionel Charles, 1898-1984, Baron Robbins of Clare Market, Professor, economist


Reference code(s): GB 0097 ROBBINS

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: ROBBINS, Lionel Charles, 1898-1984, Baron Robbins of Clare Market, Professor, economist

Date(s): 1930-1937, 1968-1970

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 3 boxes

Name of creator(s): Robbins | Lionel Charles | 1898-1984 | Baron Robbins of Clare Market | Professor | economist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1898; educated Southall County School, University College London and the London School of Economics and Political Science; served World War One, 1916-1919, in the Royal Field Artillery; Lecturer, New College Oxford University, 1924; Lecturer, LSE, 1925-1927; Fellow and Lecturer, New College, Oxford University, 1927-1929; Professor of Economics, LSE, 1929-1961; Director, Economic Section, Offices of the War Cabinet, 1941-1945; President, Royal Economic Society, 1954-1955; Trustee, National Gallery, 1952-1974, and Tate Gallery, 1953-1967; Director, Royal Opera House, 1955-1981; Chairman, Financial Times, 1961-1970; Chairman, Committee on Higher Education (Robbins Committee), 1961-1964; President, British Academy, 1962-1967; Member, Court of Governors, LSE, 1968-1974; First Chancellor of Stirling University, 1968-1978; died 1984. Publications: Liberty and equality (1977); Political economy past and present (1976); Against inflation (1979); Higher education revisited (1980); (ed) Studies in Economics and Commerce (London, 1933-1948); Aspects of post-war economy (Institute of economic Affairs, London, 1974); Autobiography of an economist (Macmillan, London, 1971); The balance of payments (Athlone Press, London, 1951); Bentham in the twentieth century (Athlone Press, London, 1965); Economic aspects of federation (Macmillan, London, 1941); The economic basis of class conflict (Macmillan, London, 1939); The economic causes of war (Jonathan Cape, London, 1939); Economic planning and international order (Macmillan, London, 1937); The economic problem in peace and war (Macmillan, London, 1947); The economist in the twentieth century (Macmillan, London, 1954); An essay on the nature and significance of economic science (Macmillan, London, 1932); The evolution of modern economic theory (Macmillan, London, 1970); The Great Depression (Macmillan, London, 1934); The international monetary problem (Oxford University Press, London, 1973); Money, trade and international relations (Macmillan, London, 1971); Politics and economics (Macmillan, London, 1963); Robert Torrens and the evolution of classical economics (Macmillan, London, 1958); The theory of economic policy in English classical political economy (Macmillan, London, 1952); The university in the modern world, and other papers on education (Macmillan, London, 1966); Wages (Jarrolds, London, 1926).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Lionel Charles Robbins, Baron Robbins of Clare Market, 1930-1937 and 1968-1970, comprising material concerning his membership of the Committee of Economics (a sub-group of the Economic Advisory Committee), 1930-1937, including minutes and agenda, correspondence with John Maynard Keynes and Hubert Douglas Henderson, and duplicated papers and reports by Keynes, Arthur Cecil Pigou and Henderson; papers relating to the LSE 'Troubles', 1968-1970, including copies of documents released in connection with student disturbances and notes of the proceedings of the LSE Appeals Committee.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged as outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

The papers relating to student unrest are closed.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Apply to Archivist for copyright details. Some documents may be photocopied.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

There is a temporary handlist and on-line catalogue for the Committee of Economists papers.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:



Archival history:

Papers relating to the Committee of Economics were given by Robbins [in 1950]. The later accession was given in 1998.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The British Library of Political and Economic Science also holds material relating to Robbins in the papers of Edwin Cannan (Ref: Cannan), Evan Frank Mottram Durbin (Ref: Durbin), the Fabian Society (Ref: Fabian Society), Alfred George Gardiner (Ref: Gardiner), Alistair Hetherington (Ref: Hetherington), Imre Lakatos (Ref: Lakatos), the LSE (Ref: London School of Economics and Political Science Archives), James Edward Meade (Ref: Meade), John Primatt Redcliffe Redcliffe-Maud (Ref: Redcliffe-Maud), the Royal Economic Society (Ref: RES), Lady Juliet Evangeline Rhys-Williams (Ref: Rhys-Williams J), and Richard Morris Titmuss (Ref: Titmuss). A collection of Robbins' lectures on the history of economic thought is in Coll Misc 0863.

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: Apr 2001

Student unrest | Student sociology | Educational sociology | Educational sciences

Personal names
Henderson | Sir | Hubert Douglas | 1890-1952 | Knight | economist
Keynes | John Maynard | 1883-1946 | 1st Baron Keynes of Tilton | economist x Keynes of Tilton | 1st Baron
Pigou | Arthur Cecil | 1877-1959 | Professor | economist
Robbins | Lionel Charles | 1898-1984 | Baron Robbins of Clare Market | Professor | economist x Robbins of Clare Market | Baron

Corporate names
Economic Advisory Committee | Committee of Economists
LSE | London School of Economics and Political Science x London School of Economics and Political Science