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British Library of Political and Economic Science

GIFFEN, Sir Robert, 1837-1910, Kt, economist and statistician


Reference code(s): GB 0097 GIFFEN

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: GIFFEN, Sir Robert, 1837-1910, Kt, economist and statistician

Date(s): 1861-1910

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 5 volumes

Name of creator(s): Giffen | Sir | Robert | 1837-1910 | Knight | economist and statistician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Robert Giffen, 1837-1910, was educated at Glasgow University and then went on to work as a clerk in a solicitors office, 1850-1855. However he spent the majority of his career working with statistics. He became sub-editor of The Globe, 1862-1866, and then assistant editor of The Economist, 1868-1876. He then left journalism to become chief of the statistical department of the Board of Trade, 1876-1882, Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trade and afterwards Controller-General of Commercial Labour and Statistical Departments, 1882-1897. From 1882 to 1884, he was president of the Statistical Society.


Scope and content/abstract:

This collection consists of Giffen's correspondence on subjects including the national finances, currency and bimetallism (particularly in relation to India), wages and prices, free trade, and expenditure on the army and navy; articles by Giffen, on diverse subjects including the national finances and monetary laws, the Political Economy Club, and househunting and housebuilding; papers on subjects including war risks to British trade and shipping and 'The Statist'; and press cuttings concerning currency, trade, public finance, and Giffen himself.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

This collection consists of five volumes: Volume I: Letters to Sir Robert Giffen, 1861-1900; Volume II: Letters to Sir Robert Giffen, 1901-1910; Volume III: Articles by Sir Robert Giffen, c 1860-1904; Volume IV: Miscellaneous Letters and Papers, 1878-1907; Volume V: Press cuttings, 1886-1914. The correspondence is indexed by the name of the correspondent.

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Archivist's note: Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on March 27, 2002

Date(s) of descriptions: 27 Mar 2002

Currencies | Finance
Free trade | Trade policy | Trade
Housing | Accommodation | Building standards | Building design | Construction engineering
Insurance | Finance
Military expenditure | Public expenditure | Public finance | Finance
Monetary policy | Financial policy | Finance
Prices | Price policy | Economic policy
Wages | Personnel management | Organization and administration | Health services administration | Public administration | Government

Personal names
Giffen | Sir | Robert | 1837-1910 | Knight | economist and statistician

Corporate names
Political Economy Club
The Statist | Statistical journal

India | South Asia