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DEVONS, Ely, 1913-1967, economist


Reference code(s): GB 0097 DEVONS

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: DEVONS, Ely, 1913-1967, economist

Date(s): c1930-c1970

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 28 boxes

Name of creator(s): Devons | Ely | 1913-1967 | economist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Ely Devons, 1913-1967, was educated at Hanley High School, Portsmouth Grammar School, and North Manchester Municipal High School. He went on to study at Manchester University, where he obtained a degree in Economics in 1934 and an MA in Economics in 1935. His career in statistics began when he was appointed economic assistant to the Joint Committee of Cotton Trades Organisations in Manchester, 1935-1939. He was subsequently a statistician for Cotton Control at the Ministry of Supply, 1939-1940, and for the Economic Section of the War Cabinet Offices, and Chief Statistician for the Central Statistics Office, 1940-1941. From 1941 to 1945 he was Chief Statistician, Director of Statistics, and Director General of Planning, Programmes and Statistics at the Ministry of Aircraft Production. After World War II, Devons returned to Manchester University, becoming Robert Ottley Reader in Applied Economics in 1945 and became Robert Ottley Professor of Applied Economics, 1948-1959. He then moved to the London School of Economics, where he held the post of Professor of Commerce, 1959-1965. He was a member of the council of the Royal Economic Society 1956-1964, and a member of the Local Government Commission 1959-1965.


Scope and content/abstract:

This collection consists predominantly of notes, correspondence, press cuttings and printed matter on subjects such as British industries (including aviation, tin, steel, cotton and coal), prices and wages, restrictive practices, and economic development overseas. The collection also contains some personal papers including bank books and university notebooks.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

There is no system of arrangement as this collection is unlisted.

Conditions governing access:

Closed until listed.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by the family.

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No handlist or online catalogue available


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Related material:

Manchester University: John Rylands Library, holds letters of Devons to the Manchester Guardian, 1951-1955 (Ref: Guardian archives).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on February 1, 2002

Date(s) of descriptions: 1 Feb 2002; revised 1 Mar 2002

Aerospace industry | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Coal | Fuels
Cotton | Plant products | Agricultural products
Higher education | Educational levels
Prices | Price policy | Economic policy
Steel | Iron | Metals | Inorganic chemicals | Chemicals
Tin | Metals | Inorganic chemicals | Chemicals
Trade policy | Trade
Wages | Personnel management | Organization and administration | Health services administration | Public administration | Government
Chemical elements
Economic and social development

Personal names
Devons | Ely | 1913-1967 | economist

Corporate names
Central Statistics Office
Joint Committee of Cotton Trades Organisations
LSE | London School of Economics and Political Science x London School of Economics and Political Science
Ministry of Aircraft Production
Ministry of Supply
University of Manchester x Manchester University