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TAWNEY, Richard Henry (1880-1962)

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Reference code(s): GB 0366 TY
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: TAWNEY, Richard Henry (1880-1962)
Date(s): 1918-1955
Level of description: collection
Extent: 7 boxes
Name of creator(s): Tawney | Richard Henry | 1880-1962 | historian
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Administrative/Biographical history:

A distinguished social and economic historian, Richard Henry Tawney (1880-1962) was educated at Rubgy School and Balliol College, Oxford, from where he graduated in 1903. He lived and worked at the University Settlement, Toynbee Hall, in the East End of London and then lectured at Glasgow University from 1906-1908. Tawney joined the Executive Committee of the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) in 1905, serving for over forty years, and between 1908 and 1913 was a WEA class tutor in Lancashire. He was appointed Director of the Ratan Tata Foundation for the Study of Poverty at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 1913. He moved from LSE to Balliol College, Oxford University, in 1918, where he was a Fellow, returning again in 1919 as a Reader in economic history. He was Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics, 1931-1949. Tawney served on the Consultative Committee of the Board of Education, 1912-1931, and on the University Grants Committee, 1943-1948. He was also a Christian Socialist and proponent of democratic education. Tawney took an active part in discussions on educational reform and exercised influence on policy-making in the area of education. His publications on the topic include: Secondary Education for All (1922) and Education: the Socialist Policy (1924). As an economic historian he is best known for The Acquisitive Society (1921) and Religion and the Rise of Capitalism (1926).


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Papers of Richard Henry Tawney, 1918-1955, comprising material relating to the University Grants Committee; correspondence, including with Shena Dorothy Simon (Education Officer, Workers Educational Association), Harold Charles Shearman (Hon Secretary, Council for Educational Advance), Harry Nutt (General Secretary, WEA) and ministers of education; manuscript notes on subjects relating to educational fees; collected publications and printed material from organisations, including the Fabian Society, the Ministry of Education and the Labour Party; and press cuttings.

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A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Librarian or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

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Further correspondence and papers of R.H. Tawney may be found at the British Library of Political and Economic Science and amongst the records of the Workers' Educational Association held by the TUC Library at the University of North London. In addition, his correspondence with a wide range of individuals is scattered throughout other archive collections including the British Library Oriental and India Office Collections (letters to Sir Richard Denman, 1900-1929); the Bodleian Library (letters to John Hammond and corrrespondence with Gilbert Murray, 1917-1947); Rhodes House Library, Oxford (letters to Arthur Creech Jones, 1929-1961); National Library of Wales (correspondence with Thomas Jones, 1909-1945); Marshall Library of Economics, Cambridge (letters to John Maynard Keynes, 1912-1946); John Rylands Library, Manchester (letters to the Manchester Guardian, 1908-1956); and the British Library Manuscript Collections (correspondence with Albert Mansbridge, 1915-1952).

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Created 11/24/1999, modified 12/5/2000

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