Allen Papers

Scope and Content

Papers of George Allen, 1895-1984, including photographs of industrial processes in the Midlands (1920s); papers submitted to the Greene Committee on mining wages in 1942 (1926-1940); memoranda for the Monopolies Commission, including surveys for the Board of Trade (1944-1953); papers relating to Allen's wartime work on both British and Japanese economic matters, 1940-1944; papers relating to Allen's writings, in articles, lectures, and books, mostly on the Japanese economy (c1923-c1982) and papers, correspondence, etc of a more personal nature, including correspondence with Sir William Ashley (c1895-c1984).

Administrative / Biographical History

Allen was born in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, on the 28 June 1900. He was educated at King Henry VIII School in Coventry and at the University of Birmingham. In 1922 he went to Japan as a Lecturer in Economics at the Higher Commercial College there. He stayed till 1925. From 1929 to 1933 he was a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Faculty of Commerce at University College Hull. He was then appointed Brunner Professor of Economic Science at the University of Liverpool, 1933-1947. From 1947 to 1967 he was Professor of Political Economy at University College London. Allen was temporary Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trade from 1941 to 1944, and a member of the Central Price Regulation Committee 1944-1953. He was a member of the Monopolies (and Restrictive Practices) Commission from 1950 to 1962. His many publications were mainly concerned with Japanese and British industry and economic policy. Allen died on 31 July 1982.


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Acquisition Information

Presented by Professor George Cyril Allen in May 1975 and by Allen's executrix, Professor Margaret Gowing, in June 1986. Third accession from the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, St Anthony's College, Oxford, 2004.

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