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British Library of Political and Economic Science

PEASE, Edward Reynolds, 1857-1955, founder of the Fabian Society


Reference code(s): GB 0097 SR 1026

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: PEASE, Edward Reynolds, 1857-1955, founder of the Fabian Society

Date(s): [1916]

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 volume

Name of creator(s): Pease | Edward Reynolds | 1857-1955 | founder of the Fabian Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1857; educated at home; entered merchant's office, 1874-1878; member of London Stock Exchange, 1880-1886; cabinet-maker and trade unionist in Newcastle, 1886-1889; founded, with others, the Fabian Society, 1883; Secretary of the Fabian Society, 1890-1913; Honorary Secretary of the Fabian Society, 1914-1938; member of Executive of Labour Party from its start, 1900-1913; Governor of London School of Economics, 1895-; died 1955. Publications: Capital and compensation (Fabian Tract, London, 1909); The Case for Municipal Drink Trade (PS King and Son, Westminster, 1904); Fifth Edition of Kirkup's History of Socialism (A&C Black, London, 1920); Gold and state banking (London, 1912); The History of the Fabian Society (AC Fifield, London, 1916).


Scope and content/abstract:

Typescript history of the Fabian Society up to 1915, written by Edward Reynolds Pease in [1916], with corrections by Sidney Webb and George Bernard Shaw.


Language/scripts of material: English.

System of arrangement:

1 volume

Conditions governing access:

Open. Microfilm copy available.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No copyright restrictions. Microfilm copies only.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

No further list required.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Also known as R 1026.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from the Library Pamphlet Collection.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Microfilmed for the Follett Preservation Microfilming Project, 1999. Films are on open access in the library as Archives MF 446.

Related material:

The British Library of Political and Economic Science also holds material relating to Edward Reynolds Pease in the papers of the Fabian Society (Ref: Fabian Society), Sidney and Beatrice Webb (Ref: Passfield), the Royal Economic Society (Ref: RES/1/3/10), Graham Wallas (Ref: Wallas), Robert Dell (Ref: Dell 3/5), the Independent Labour Party (Ref: ILP), and Percival Chubb (Ref: Chubb 2/3/31). The Library also holds papers collected by Pease on local government (Ref: Coll Misc 0572), the Fabian Society (Ref: Coll Miscs 0573, 0360, , 0375, 0887 and 0197), the Labour Party (Ref: Coll Miscs 0196, 0831 and SR 1143), the Land Club League (Ref: Coll Misc 0052), the Labour Representation League (Ref: Coll Misc 0196), as well as an article by Pease on Sidney Webb (Ref: Coll Misc 0280). The Labour History Archives and Study Centre, Manchester University, holds correspondence and papers, 1900-1907; Nuffield College Library, Oxford University, has mimeographed recollections with manuscript annotations, 1930-1953 (Ref: H/7/1); the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Library, University of Texas at Austin, USA, contains letters from George Bernard Shaw (Ref: No 121).

Publication note:

The History of the Fabian Society (AC Fifield, London, 1916).



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: Mar 2001

Socialism | Collectivism | Political doctrines

Personal names
Pease | Edward Reynolds | 1857-1955 | secretary of Fabian Society
Shaw | George Bernard | 1856-1950 | Irish dramatist, critic and novelist
Webb | Sidney James | 1859-1947 | 1st Baron Passfield | social reformer and historian x Passfield | 1st Baron

Corporate names
Fabian Society