CAINE, Sir Sydney, 1902-1991, Director of the LSE

Scope and Content

Papers of Sir Sydney Caine, [1955-1968], notably material on the early history of the London School of Economics, [1955-1958], including copies of articles by Lady Janet Beveridge concerning the administration of the LSE following World War One and the Directorship of William Henry Beveridge, 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggal; papers relating to Caine's Directorship of the LSE, 1966-1969, mainly comprising material relating to student unrest; two volumes of a personal diary, 1942-1943; a photograph album of the West Indian Sugar Commission, 1929-1930.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1902; educated Harrow County School and the London School of Economics; Assistant Inspector of Taxes, 1923-1926; entered Colonial Office, 1926; Secretary, West Indian Sugar Commission, 1929; Secretary, UK Sugar Industry Inquiry Committee, 1934; Financial Secretary, Hong Kong, 1937; Assistant Secretary, Colonial Office, 1944; CMG, 1945; Deputy Under-Secretary for State, Colonial Office, 1947-1948; KCMG, 1947; 3rd Secretary of the Treasury, 1948; Head of the UK Treasury and Supply Delegation, Washington, 1949-1951; Chief of the World Bank Mission to Ceylon, 1951; Vice-Chancellor, University of Malaya, 1952-1956; Chairman, British Caribbean Federation Fiscal Commission, 1955; Director, London School of Economics, 1957-1967; Chairman, Grassland Utilisation Committee, 1957-1958; Member, 1960-1967, and Deputy Chairman, 1964-1967, Independent Television Authority; Chairman, International Institute of Educational Planning, 1963-1970; Governor, Reserve Bank of Rhodesia, 1965-1967; Coordinator, Indonesian Sugar Study, 1971-1972; Chairman of the Governing Body and Member of the Board, University College at Buckingham, 1973-1983; died 1991. Publications: British Universities: purpose and prospects (Bodley Head, London, 1969); Prices for primary producers (Institute of Economic Affairs, London, 1963); The history of the foundation of the London School of Economics and Political Science (G Bell and Sons, London, 1963); University independence: the main question s (Rex Collings, London, 1971); The price of stability: a study of price fluctuations in primary products with alternative proposals for stablisation (Institute of economic Affairs, London, 1983).


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Archivist's Note

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

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Custodial History

Given by the family in 1991. Diaries and photograph albums transferred by the Librarian.

Related Material

The BLPES also holds material relating to Sir Sydney Caine in the papers of the Royal Economic Society (Ref: RES/2/1/6-7, 4/4/3, 6/1/73, 11/1/3, 13/9, 16/17-19), the London School of Economics (Ref: LSE Archives/Caine/0001-6, and Unregistered School Archive files/23/1/1-38), Professor James Edward Meade (Ref: Meade/4/15), and Sir Arnold Plant (Ref: Plant/PCom, Corr, LCES, Educ and DOBA). There are also Caine papers relating to Rhodesia, 1962 (Ref: Coll Misc 0433).