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MCFADYEAN, Sir Andrew, 1887-1974, Knight, civil servant

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 MCFADYEAN
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: MCFADYEAN, Sir Andrew, 1887-1974, Knight, civil servant
Date(s): c1891-1974
Level of description: collection
Extent: 38 boxes
Name of creator(s): McFadyean | Sir | Andrew | 1887-1974 | Knight | civil servant
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1887; educated at University College School, London, and University College, Oxford University; entered Treasury, 1910, by open competition; Private Secretary to six successive Financial Secretaries, 1913-1917; accompanied Sir H. Lever to USA on special financial mission, 1917; served under John Maynard Keynes at the Treasury, 1917-1919; Treasury representative, Paris Peace Conference, 1919-1920; Secretary to British Delegation, Reparation Commission, 1920-1922; General Secretary to Reparation Commission, 1922-1924, and Secretary to the Dawes Committee, 1924; Commissioner of Controlled Revenues, Berlin, 1924-1930; Knighted, 1925; started new career in the City of London, as Chairman, 1934-1952 and Director, 1952-1967, of S.G. Warburg and Co; Member, Executive National Liberal Federation, 1933-1936; Joint Treasurer, 1936-1948, President, 1949-1950, and Vice-President, 1950-1960, Liberal Party Organisation; President, Free Trade Union, 1948-1959; Vice-President, Liberal International, 1954-1967; Vice-President, Anglo-Israel Association (Chairman of Council, 1950-1960); Member of Council, 1933-1967, and President, 1970, Royal Institute of International Affairs; Liberal candidate for the City of London, 1945 and Finchley, 1950; died 1974. Publications: translator of Europe must unite (Paneuropa Editions, Glarus; Plymouth printed, 1940) and The Totalitarian State against Man (Frederick Muller, London, 1938), both by Count Richard Nikolaus Coudenhove-Kalergi; Government and industry (Lund, Humphries and Co, London, 1944); Government intervention in industry (Lovat Dickson, London, 1935); Liberal principle and policies (Liberal Publication Department, London, 1947); Moral and political problems of economic prosperity (Liberal Publication Department, London, 1962); Recollected in Tranquillity (Pall Mall Press, London & Dunmow, 1964); Reparation Reviewed (Ernest Benn, London, 1930); The Liberal Case (Allan Wingate, London & New York, 1950).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Andrew McFadyean, c1891-1974], notably material concerning the Dawes Plan and other reparation negotiations of the 1920s, his connection with the Liberal Party; correspondence from his work at the Treasury (1910-1920), extensive personal and business correspondence; papers relating to rubber production and regulation and his work in North Borneo and draft trasncripts of his autobiography 'Recollected in Tranquility'.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, French, German

System of arrangement:

The collection is divided into the following series: Series 1 - Treasury (1903-1923), Series 2 - Reparations Commission (1920-1952), Series 3 - Liberal Party (c1933-1970), Series 4 - Rubber Production (1943-1965), Series 5 - Recollected in Tranquility (c1910-1964), Series 6 - Correspondence (1920-1974), Series 7 - North Borneo (1936-1941), Series 8 - Institute of Pacific Relations (1943-1953), Series 9 - Royal Institute of International Affairs (1939-1958), Series 10 - Refugees Organisations (1933-1962). There are also a number of general files at the end of the collection and files which relate to more than one area of McFadyean's work.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is retained by the family. Some documents may be photocopied.Apply to the Archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue available online and printed handlist avaiable.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Transferred to the archives after McFadyean's death.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated in 1975. The lithographs were given by the family in 1995.

Allied Materials

Related material:

BLPES also has the Liberal Party Papers (LIBERAL PARTY). There are papers regarding German reparations in the WISE, BUXTON, FISCHER WILLIAMS and LNU collections. Papers on the Royal Institute of International Affairs are at COLL MISC 0462, and in the SHORE and WEBSTER collections.

Following collections are held by SOAS: Guthrie and Co with subsidiaries (GUTHRIE), British North Borneo Chartered Company (MS 283792), Sir Charles Addis (PP MS 14)

University College, Oxford University, holds an account book, 1905-1909 (Ref: UC: P28).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Modified by Becky Webster May 2008.

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:
May 2008

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