AIM25 : Click here to go back to the AIM25 homepage
Archives in London and the M25 area

HARRISON, Frederic, 1831-1923, Author and Positivist

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 HARRISON
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
  Click here to find out how to view this collection at ›
Full title: HARRISON, Frederic, 1831-1923, Author and Positivist
Date(s): 1840-1931
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 23 boxes
Name of creator(s): Harrison, Frederic, 1831 - 1923, Author and Positivist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Frederic Harrison, 1831-1923, was educated at Kings College, London and Wadham College, Oxford, where he was a Fellow and Tutor from 1854 to 1856. He was called to the Bar in 1858 and held the post of Professor of Jurisprudence and International Law to the Inns of Court, 1877-1889. He was also a member of the Royal Commission on Trades Unions, 1867-1869, Secretary to the Royal Commission for Digesting the Law, 1869-1870, Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society and the London Library, and an alderman of the London County Council, 1889-1893. However, Frederic Harrison is perhaps best known as the president of the English Positivist Committee, a post that he held from 1880 to 1905.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence to and from Frederic and Ethelberta Harrison, including family correspondence and photocopies of Harrison's correspondence with Edward Spencer Beesly; Frederic Harrison's writings and speeches, including diaries on subjects such as the cotton famine in Lancashire, essays on subjects such as positivism, peoples education and the French Revolution, autobiographical notes, and ephemera; and press cuttings.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

This collection is arranged in seven sections:
1. General Correspondence, 1852-1931.
2. Frederic Harrison's Writing and Speeches, 1863-1923.
3. The Correspondence of Ethelberta Harrison, wife of Frederic Harrison, 1853-1912.
4. Family Correspondence, 1860-1923.
5. Autograph Collection; 1840-1899.
6. Press Cuttings, 1875-1923.
7. Additional papers, including photocopies of the Harrison-Beesly correspondence held at University College London, 1867-1872.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:


Finding aids:

Online catalogue and printed handlist available.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on March 27, 2002

Rules or conventions:

Date(s) of descriptions:
27 Mar 2002; revised 3 May 2002

Related Subject Search

* To search for other records with similar subjects, tick any subjects above then click "Run New Search"

Related Personal Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"