Papers of Francis Y. Edgeworth, 1845-1926

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 8 boxes worth of material which includes 2 boxes of supplementary material. The collection has sections on journalism (1882-1934), correspondence & testimonials (1869-1926) and his papers and monographs (1886-1926), along with the Big Book.

Administrative / Biographical History

Francis Ysidro Edgeworth was born in Edgeworthstown on 8 February 1845 and died in Oxford on 13 February 1926. He was an economist and statistician who made major contributions to both economic and statistical theory. He was a prolific writer, with a total of more than 500 books, articles, essays, and book reviews, including 'Mathematical physics' and 'Papers relating to political economy'. (Source: Oxford DNB)


By sections as follows: Papers and monographs, 1886-1926; Journalism, 1882-1934; Correspondence and testimonials, 1869-1926; General, 1861-1986; Big Book; Supplementary material 1 & 2.

Access Information

By prior appointment only. Application in writing (letter or email) to the Assistant Librarian (Archives). See Nuffield College Archives location page for more details.

Other Finding Aids

The handlist for the Edgeworth collection can be found [online] Link:

Custodial History

The papers were presented by his niece Mrs C. Montagu in 1959 and by David E. Butler in 1978. Supplementary material kindly deposited by Paul Klemperer, Edgeworth Professor of Economics, December 2001.