Papers of Sir W. A. Bryan Hopkin (1914-2009), economist

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Sir William Aylsham Bryan Hopkin (December 7, 1914 – October 10, 2009)

Welsh economist. Chief economic adviser to the Treasury under Denis Healey and Professor of Economics at Cardiff University. Critic of Margaret Thatcher's economic policies.

- Published and unpublished articles, papers and reports

- Letters and articles in the press

- Drafts of an unfinished textbook

- Talks and lectures

- Notebooks, partially indexed

- Correspondence with Christopher Dow, Wynne Godley and others

- Collection of Wynne Godley's writings

- Journal articles and offprints

- Obituaries and photographs of economists

- Notes from J. M. Keynes' lectures, 1933-36 (photocopy)


Boxes 1-18 maintained in Hopkin's original arrangement and according to a handlist, "Notes on my 'work' files", (stored in Box 1) which he had prepared in 2002. Post-2002 additions not on handlist were retained in the boxes in which they were found.

Boxes 19-21 contain Hopkin's notebooks. These are described in a handlist entitled "Bryan's Cardboard Box", compiled 2 Feb 2010 (stored in box 19). As Hopkin kept an index to his notebooks (stored in box 19) according to a numbering system, I have not recreated the order in the handlist but instead retained Hopkin's original numbering system. Thus boxes 19-20 contain notebooks numbered 1-29 by Hopkin. Box 21 contains unnumbered notebooks and published reports.

Box 22 is unlisted. It contains a collection of obituaries and photographs of economists, and Hopkin's student notes from J. M. Keynes' lectures at University of Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is available by prior appointment, during 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Other Finding Aids

Box 1, or 446/1 - "Notes on my 'work' files" lists the contents of Boxes 1-18 as of 24 Feb 2002, and was compiled by Hopkin.

Box 19, or 446/19 - "Bryan's Cardboard Box" lists the contents of Boxes 19-21 as of 2 Feb 2010 - after Hopkin's death and therefore compiled by (presumably) a family member.

Box 19, or 446/19 - Index to Notebooks provides an index to 29 numbered notebooks.