Political Studies Association

Scope and Content

Papers of the Political Studies Association, 1950-1983, including minutes of the PSA, 1950-1981; conference papers, 1952-1981, including material on organisation; Chairman's correspondence, 1965-1968; Treasurer's correspondence, 1965-1968; correspondence and papers concerning the editing of Political Studies , 1965-1966; correspondence of the Executive Committee, 1965-1968, the Fulton Committee, 1966, and the Social Science Research (Heyworth) Committee, 1963-1964; correspondence of the Comparative Politics Group, 1967-1970; papers and correspondence with Oxford University Press, 1965-1968; membership letters, 1961-1975; material concerning the International Political Studies Association, 1963-1968.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Political Studies Association (PSA) was founded in 1950 with the aim of developing and promoting the study of politics. The PSA organises annual conferences, publishes series of works on political subjects, offers research scholarships and prizes, and maintains contact with other similar organisations. It also publishes four periodicals: Political Studies , the British Journal of Political and Industrial Relations , Politics , and PSA News . Overall policy and administration is decided by an Executive Committee.


Arranged in section as follows: correspondence, minutes and conference papers.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Given by the PSA in 1974, and 1977. Further material was given by Professor George Jones in 1988.

Other Finding Aids

On-line catalogue available.

Archivist's Note

Sources: British Library of Political and Economic Science Archives catalogue; PSA website at http://www.psa.ac.uk. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright retained by depositor. Most documents may be photocopied.

Related Material

The British Library of Political and Economic Science also holds the papers of the British International Studies Association (Ref: BISA).