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Dawson, William Harbutt (1860-1948)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS1129
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Dawson, William Harbutt (1860-1948)
Date(s): 1912 June
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 1 letter
Name of creator(s): Dawson | William Harbutt | 1860-1948 | journalist and civil servant
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Administrative/Biographical history:

William Harbutt Dawson was an authority on Germany, especially on the social reforms in that country; the Liberal government employed him as an investigator at the Board of Trade, 1906, and he contributed to the Labour Exchange Act and the National Insurance Act in that capacity; his book The Evolution of Modern Germany was published in 1908 and reprinted five times before the First World War; he was a member of the British peace delegation at Versailles and argued unsuccessfully that Germany be able to keep its colonies.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter to Mrs Peel regarding his writing on insurance, 1912.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 item only

Conditions governing access:

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to archive collections may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Collection level description

Archival Information

Archival history:

Transferred from Senate House Library.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Senate House Library

Allied Materials

Related material:

Birmingham University holds papers of Dawson, 1871-1948 (reference WHD). The John Rylands, Manchester University holds Dawson's letters to the Manchester Guardian, 1906-1932 (Guardian archives).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Richard Temple.

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:
2006-11-04, Richard Temple

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