HARRISON, Frederic, 1831-1923, Author and Positivist

Scope and Content

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.

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.


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.

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Archivist's Note

Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on March 27, 2002

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