Papers of the economic historian, Thomas Willan. There are two components to this collection, namely, Willan's lectures and his correspondence.
The lecture notes include some of the standard lecture series delivered by Willan for the University of Manchester history undergraduate course. None of the lectures are dated but it is assumed they date between the 1940s and 1970s .They include
- /1 British History, 1485-1815 (in manuscript).
- /2 Economic History of England from 1500, (typescript).
- /3 British History 1815-1914, 40 lectures on political history, (manuscript).
- /4 Lectures (?) "The early 18th century" (typescript).
- /5 "Transport in the nineteenth century" (typescript).
- /6 "Transport developments" (typescript).
- /7 Miscellaneous notes (these may have been used for lectures) including "The social and economic theories of the eighteenth century", "The Crimean War", early 19th century British history, Austro-Hungarian Empire.
- /1 Correspondence with George Ramsay (fellow in history, St Edmund Hall, Oxford re. the "Tudor book of rates" [1582 Book of Rates which dealt with customs duties and the Isham accounts, 1961.
- /2 Correspondence with John Barnicot (British Council) concerning the Muscovy Company, includes a typescript [by Willan?] "Further scraps relating to the Muscovy merchants of 1555", 1954-1961 and two later letters (1971) from re John Sparke.
- /3 Correspondence re. the Muscovy Company from J S G Simmons, P H Vigor, Michael Florinsky, A Williamson and Christopher Lloyd (Navy Records Society), 1953-1957
- /4 Correspondence (1968-1975) from J H Parker Oxspring, M J T Lewis (University of Hull) and Charles Hadfield, concerning the 17th century engineer Andrew Yarranton.
- /5 Miscellaneous correspondence re. Willan's research, 1949-1975.
Also present is Willan's notebook bibliography, dated 1943.