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Unregistered School Archive Files

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS ARCHIVES/Unregistered School Archive Files
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: Unregistered School Archive Files
Date(s): 1895-1997
Level of description: Subfonds of the London School of Economics and Political Science Archives
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Extent: c 420 boxes, 312 volumes, 1 file and outsize material
Name of creator(s): London School of Economics and Political Science


Administrative/Biographical history:

This section comprises important documents which were not incorporated into the LSE Central Filing System, and mainly comprises minutes and papers of smaller or short-lived committees, and printed material.


Scope and content/abstract:

Unregistered files relating to the LSE, comprising the following.
Early records of the London School of Economics, 1895-1970, including documents of incorporation, 1901-1970, financial records, 1895-1920, outgoing letter books of the Director and Secretary, 1896-1915, registers of students, 1895-1921, and a students' fee book, 1896-1901.
Material relating to the LSE and its work, 1899-1985, mainly comprising printed and duplicated reports produced in connection with inspections and grant applications, 1899-1985; pamphlets, leaflets and press cuttings concerning the physical development of the School, 1902-1939, including and inventory of School buildings; miscellaneous material concerning the class for the Training of Officers for the Higher Appointments on the Administrative Staff of the Army and for the charge of Central Services, 1907-1914; reports to the Director on academic and administrative matters, 1968-1985; miscellaneous volumes containing material relating to research studentships, 1900-1906, articles about the School, 1901-1929, public lectures on London transport, 1934 and memoranda and statements relating to student unrest, 1969.
Papers relating to the British Library of Political and Economic Science, 1897-1982, notably outgoing letterbooks from the Librarian John McKillop, 1902-1908; acknowledgement books, 1897-1903, giving thanks for books received; accessions registers, 1896-1951; leaflets relating to the Library and its rules, 1896-1900; registers of permit holders and visitors, 1897-1972; and early financial records, 1895-1928.
Director's files of Sir William Henry Beveridge, 1914-1946, including registered and unregistered files generally concerning University of London committee work, LSE academic matters, including the Commerce Degree, and staff appointments.Director's files of Sir Sydney Caine, 1956-1967, mainly concerning his outside interests and activities, such as work for the British Council, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, the European League for Economic Co-operation, the College of Estate Management, Imperial College, the Northampton College of Advanced Technology (City University) and the Robbins Report.
Records of the LSE Student's Union, 1912-1965, including minutes, 1912-1913; reports on the constitution of the Student's Union, 1938; minutes of the LSE Student's Christian Movement, 1939-1949; Student's Union Short Term Development Plan, 1965.
Photographs, negatives and drawings of the School and its members [1895-1970], including group photographs of teachers, students, sports teams and classes; portraits of staff members; photographs of School activities such as royal visits and Rag Week; pictures and photographs of School buildings; albums and press cuttings relating to the Student's Union.
Press cuttings collected by the LSE, 1895-1973, including general news relating to the School, and specifically the institution of the Commerce Degree in 1919 and the student unrest in 1969-1973.
Printed material, 1898-1995, including Director's Reports, 1904-1980; LSE Calendars, 1902-1995; examination papers for Anthropology, 1960-1966, Commerce, 1920-1937, and Economics, 1907-1955; material produced by the Library, 1913-1995, including Annual Reports, bulletins and guides; material produced by the LSE Student's Union, 1898-1982, including handbooks and Annual Reports; copies of the Clare Market Review, 1905-1973; copies of The Beaver, 1949-1996; printed material concerning University of London administration, 1898-1945.
Later deposits, [1923]-1996, including files regarding the LSE's proposed purchase of County Hall, 1992; minutes of various School committees, [1951-1990]; Press Office photographs, negatives and prints taken by the official School photographer of School occasions, [1930-1985]; LSE publications, 1982-1996, including Obiter, the journal of the LSE Law Society, Plebs, the staff newsletter of the Library, and the LSE Magazine; papers relating to the Geography Department, 1933-1983; two photographs of LSE porters, [1987]; reports by F J Lingwood, a Sir Ernest Cassel Scholarship holder, on his tour to investigate advertising and publicity, 1937; papers relating to the Library, [1923-1997], including minutes of the Library Committee and the Senior Management Group, registers of donations and accessions, annual reports, handbooks, guides and offprints of articles relating to the Library.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Open, with the exception of files less than 20 years old. Apply to Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright retained by the LSE.

Finding aids:

Temporary handlist and on-line catalogue available.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Given by the LSE in 1987/88. Later deposits were given by individuals and School departments between 1996 and 2000.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

Further material concerning the LSE may be found in the other sections of the London School of Economics Archives and the papers of Beatrice and Sidney Webb (Ref: Passfield), Sir Walter Adams (Ref: Adams), Lord William Henry Beveridge (Ref: Beveridge), Sir Sydney Caine (Ref: Caine), and Sir Alexander Carr-Saunders (Ref: Carr-Saunders).

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Publication note:

Ralf Gustav Dahrendorf LSE: a history of the London School of Economics and Political Science, 1895-1995 (Oxford University Press, 1995).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: British Library of Political and Economic Science Archives catalogue. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison 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:
Feb 2001

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