John Maynard Keynes: Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

MS.Add.8519: Westminster Abbey order of memorial service (1 volume)

'Westminster Abbey order of service in memory of John Maynard Keynes...May 2nd 1946', written and illuminated by Kenneth Breese, 13 pages and title page. There is an accompanying letter from Geoffrey Keynes to his mother, 15 December 1946, 2 pages, enclosing the order of service.

MS.Add.8535: 'Dr Melchior' (1 box-file)

A holograph manuscript of chapters I and II of 'Dr Melchior', the memoir of John Maynard Keynes, c. 1931, and notes made during the Versailles conference. There is an accompanying letter from Austin Robinson, Royal Economic Society, to Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 25 February 1972, 1 page, regarding Dr Melchior, a defeated enemy.

MS.Add.8536: 'Newton' (1 portfolio)

A holograph manuscript of a talk on Sir Isaac Newton delivered by John Maynard Keynes at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1942. There is an accompanying typescript of a talk delivered by Geoffrey Keynes at the Newton Tercentenary celebrations in the Hall of Trinity College, 17 July 1946, and a newscutting from the Times literary supplement, 1971, regarding J.M. Keynes.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), Baron Keynes, economist, was born in Cambridge on 5 June 1883, and educated at Eton and King's College, Cambridge. He was lecturer in economics at Cambridge, 1908-1915, and editor of the Economic journal, 1912-1945. He joined the Treasury in 1915, and was its principal representative at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, but resigned after objecting to the terms of the peace treaty. Keynes wrote regularly for Nation and Athenaeum between 1923 and 1931. He returned to the Treasury in 1940, and played a key role in the Bretton Woods Conference of 1944, which led to the establishment of the International Monetary Fund and International Bank. He was created baron in 1942, and died at his home in Tilton on 21 April 1946.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on John Maynard Keynes in L.G. Wickham Legg and E.T. Williams, eds, Dictionary of national biography, 1941-1950 (Oxford University Press, 1959), pp. 452-457.

Other Finding Aids



MSS.Add.8519, 8535 and 8536 are nos 26, 2928 and 2929 respectively in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), pp. 6 and 296.