BOTTOMORE, Professor Thomas Burton, 1920-1992, sociologist

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the life and career of Professor Thomas Burton Bottomore, including material relating to his early life, 1930s-1949, such as his Phd thesis; working and research materials, 1950s-1992, comprising notes, articles, press cuttings, translations and offprints of material on subjects including socialist theory, modernism, world systems, radical movements, and Rudolf Herferding; material on the French civil service and students at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, [1952-1969], possibly for a thesis by Bottomore on the subject; correspondence, 1953-1992, with students, publishers, colleagues and friends, as well as contacts in Greece, Spain, the USA, Canada, India, China, Japan, Africa, Australia, Latin America, and Pakistan; papers concerning conferences, 1960-1981, including correspondence, programmes and texts of lectures and seminars; material relating to campaigns, 1972-1989, notably against Cruise missiles; teaching papers, 1968-1992, mainly comprising course outlines, references, material relating to Sussex University and Sussex Sociology Group; correspondence, committee papers and circulars relating to organisations, 1950-1977, including the Praxis Educational Board, the International Sociological Association (ISA), and the International Society for Socialist Studies (ISSS); material relating to his time in Canada, 1963-1987, including papers concerning work at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver; papers relating to writings and publications, 1957-1992, including correspondence, royalty statements and notes concerning books written by Bottomore, copies of articles on sociological subjects, texts of interviews and radio talks, and reviews; material concerning journals, 1956-1992, such as Current Sociology, Socialism of the Future, and Praxis ; transcript of Bottomore's personal diary, 1949-1992.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1920; educated London School of Economics (BSc, MSc); served British Army, 1943-1947, as part of The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment); Staff Capt, General Headquarters, India, 1945-1946; Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, University of Paris, 1951-1952; Reader in Sociology, London School of Economics, 1952-1964; Editor, Current Sociology , 1953-1962; English Editor, European Journal of Sociology , 1960-1973; Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Anthropology, Political Science and Sociology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1965-1967; Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex, 1968-1985; Emeritus Professor, 1985-1992; Executive Secretary, 1953-1959, Vice-President, 1970-1974, and President, 1974-1978, International Sociological Association; President, British Sociological Association, 1969-1971; retired, 1985; British Language Editor, Socialism in the Future ; died 1992. Publications: translator of German Sociology (William Heinemann, London, 1957); Classes in modern societ y (Ampersand, London, 1955); Critics of society: radical thought in North America (George Allen and Unwin, London, 1967); Élites and society (Watts and Co, London, 1964); Sociology: a guide to problems and literature (George Allen and Unwin, London, 1962); Sociology as social criticism (Allen and Unwin, London, 1975); translator and editor of Marx's Early writings (Watts and Co, London, 1963); editor Selected writings in Sociology and Social Philosophy (Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1963); Citizenship and social class (Pluto Press, London, 1992); A history of sociological analysis (Heinemann Educational, London, 1979); Marxist Sociology (Macmillan, London, 1975); editor Readings in Marxist Sociology (Clarendon, Oxford, 1983); translator and editor Austro-Marxism (Clarendon, Oxford, 1978); Theories of modern capitalism (Allen and Unwin, London, 1985); editor Max Weber and Karl Marx (Allen and Unwin, London, 1982); editor Karl Marx (Blackwood, Oxford, 1979); The Frankfurt School (Horwood, Chichester, 1984); editor Crisis and contention in sociology (Sage, London, 1975); editor Sociology, the state of the art (Sage, London, 1982); Sociology and socialism (Wheatsheaf, Brighton, 1984); translator The philosophy of money (Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1981); editor Finance capital: a study of the latest phase of capitalist development (Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1981); editor Modern interpretations of Marx (Blackwell, Oxford, 1981); editor A dictionary of Marxist thought (Blackwell, Oxford, 1983); Between marginalism and Marxism (St Martins, New York, 1992); Political sociology (Pluto, London, 1993); editor The Blackwell dictionary of twentieth century social thought (Blackwell, Oxford, 1993); Economic Sociology of J A Schumpter (Harvester Wheatsheaf, London, 1992); The socialist economy; theory and practice (Harvester Wheatsheaf, London, 1990); editor The capitalist class; an international study (Harvester Wheatsheaf, London, 1989); editor Interpretations of Marx (Blackwell, Oxford, 1988).

Arrangement

Arranged in files according to subject.

Conditions Governing Access

Closed until listed.

Other Finding Aids

Unlisted.

Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Conditions Governing Use

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Custodial History

Deposited by the family, via Dr William Outhwaite, in 1993.

Related Material

The BLPES also holds papers of Thomas Bottomore relating to the British Sociological Association, 1967-1977 (Ref: BSA/Bottomore), and a Chinese translation of Marxist Sociology by Bottomore (Ref: Bottomore Additional 1).