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Macrosty Papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1060 DP004 Macrosty
Held at: Royal Statistical Society
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Full title: Macrosty Papers
Date(s): 1919-1931
Level of description: Fonds (Collection)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Macrosty | Henry William | 1865-1941 | civil servant


Administrative/Biographical history:

Henry William Macrosty was born on the Isle of Arran on 14th January, 1865, the eldest of 10 children. In 1881 he obtained University of London BA whilst working in the Civil Service where he was given a permanent appointment in the Exchequer and Audit Department in 1884. He transferred to the newly established Census of Production Office within the Board of Trade in 1907 and became its Assistant Director in 1911. Reorganisation in 1919 resulted in the establishment of a Statistical Department of which Macrosty was appointed Senior Principal. His work for the next 20 years, until his retirement in 1930, was concentrated on gathering statistical information on trade and industry. In retirement he continued to be consulted on statistical issues relevant to trade and industry, including serving on at least one committee for Political and Economic Planning (PEP), one of the forerunners of the Policy Studies Institute.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society in 1904 and served on its Council from 1917 to 1920 and again from 1925 to 1940 when he became President having served as Honorary Secretary since 1928. He was awarded the Society’s silver Guy Medal in 1927. Macrosty married Edith Julia Bain in 1894 and had two surviving children; he died on 19th January, 1941.

Publications: The Trust Movement in British Industry, 1909; The Annals of the Royal Statistical Society, 1834-1934, 1934.


Scope and content/abstract:

Typescript and manuscript memoranda and reports produced by Henry Macrosty when Senior Principal at the Statistical Department of the Board of Trade, and in retirement, 1919-1931, covering topics including banking, credit, money distribution, prices and unemployment.

Political and Economic Planning, Study of Income Groups Committee minutes and correspondence, Dec 1935-Sept 1936.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access:

Generally available to bona fide researchers.

Conditions governing reproduction:

At the discretion of the Archives Consultant and subject to copyright.

Finding aids:

Summary list.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

No information has yet been found about the deposit of these papers with the Society.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Janet Foster, Archives Consultant, RSS.

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:
September, 2006.

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