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TAWNEY, R H, Workers' Education Association (WEA) Papers


Reference code(s): GB 1924 WEA R.H.T.

Held at: Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library Collections and University Archives at London Metropolitan University

Title: TAWNEY, R H, Workers' Education Association (WEA) Papers

Date(s): 1896-1962

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 2 boxes

Name of creator(s): Tawney | Richard Henry | 1880-1962 | historian


Administrative/Biographical history:

R H Tawney was born in Calcutta in 1880 but educated at Rugby School and then Balliol College, Oxford, where he was elected a Fellow in 1918. After working at Toynbee Hall in London he joined the Workers' Education Association (WEA) in 1905 and took the first tutorial classes in Longton and Rochdale. The success of these helped to establish the 3 year tutorial classes which were the backbone of the WEA in its early years. Tawney was President of the WEA between 1928 and 1944 during which time he became Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of R H Tawney relating to the Workers' Education Association (WEA), 1896-1962, comprising correspondence files, 1912-1962, including correspondence with Harry Nutt, 1947-1962, correspondence on his early tutorial classes, 1907; notebook on course given by Tawney at Rochdale, 1908, including correspondence with Albert Mansbridge, pamphlets related to his career, 1896-1916 and publications by him, 1912-1960.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Open to bona fide researchers at the discretion of the TUC Librarian.

Conditions governing reproduction:

At the discretion of the TUC Librarian and subject to copyright conditions.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

List available from the TUC Library Collections at UNL.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The collection was transferred from the WEA headquarters in Bethnal Green to the custody of the TUC Library Collections at the University of North London in August 1998.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

British Library of Political and Economic Science, London School of Economics, holds correspondence & papers of Tawney (Ref: TAWNEY); letters (11) to Brian Pearce, 1938-1941 (see Sturges, Economists papers 1750-1950, 1975); papers relating to the coal industry, 1911-1929 (Ref: Coll Misc 302, 358); correspondence with the Beveridge family c1903-1962 (Ref: Beveridge). Institute of Education, University of London, holds correspondence and papers, especially regarding educational reform (Ref. DC/TY). York University Archives holds papers. Warwick University Modern Records Centre holds notes and comments relating to A New Statement of Socialist Principles (Ref: MSS 173/Box 11). British Library, holds letters to Sir Richard Denman, 1900-1929 (Ref: MSS Eur C 176) and correspondence with Albert Mansbridge, 1915-1952 (Ref: Add MSS 65257A, 65258). Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts holds letters to John Hammond, 1917-1947 (Ref: MSS Hammond) and correspondence with Gilbert Murray, 1917-1947 ( Ref: MSS Gilbert Murray). Oxford University: Rhodes House Library holds letters (90) to Arthur Creech Jones, 1929-1961 (Ref: MSS Brit Emp s 332). National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records holds correspondence with Thomas Jones, 1909-1945 (Ref: Thomas Jones). Cambridge University: Marshall Library of Economics holds letters (14) to John Maynard Keynes, 1912-1946 (see Sturges, Economists papers 1750-1950, 1975). Manchester University: John Rylands Library, holds letters to the Manchester Guardian, 1908-1956 (Ref: Guardian archives).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Chambers' Biographical Dictionary (1990); National Register of Archives (Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts). Compiled by Janet Foster 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: Dec 2000

Workers education | Adult education | Educational systems

Personal names
Mansbridge | Albert | 1876-1952 | educationist
Nutt | Harry | fl 1939-1953 | General Secretary of the WEA
Tawney | Richard Henry | 1880-1962 | historian

Corporate names
WEA | Workers' Educational Association x Workers' Educational Association

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Rochdale | Lancashire | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe