Papers of Beatrice and Sidney Webb, 1835-, comprising the following:
Diaries of Beatrice Webb, 1873-1943, including the original manuscript volumes and various typed transcripts, comprising a detailed account of her life and work, notably relating to the history of socialism in Great Britain. The volumes include entries concerning Charles Booth, the Fabian Society, the Labour Party, trade unionism, the suffrage movement, the LSE, local government, and communism, as well as descriptions of friends, colleagues and acquaintances. The diaries also include entries by Sidney Webb, mainly during their 'world tours' in 1898 and 1911 and a visit to the USSR in 1932.
Correspondence, 1853-1947, including correspondence of the Potter family before Beatrice's marriage, 1862-1892, including
- letters of her parents, Richard and Lawrencina Potter, and her sisters, as well as correspondence between Beatrice and Herbert Spencer, Joseph Chamberlain, Charles and Mary Booth, Professor Alfred Marshall, and Auberon (Edward William Molyneux) Herbert
- Early correspondence of Sidney Webb, 1885-1892, notably with Graham Wallas and George Bernard Shaw
- Letters between Beatrice and Sidney Webb, 1890-1940, including material relating to their courtship, marriage, work and life together; general correspondence of the Webbs following their marriage, 1892-1947, with a wide range of correspondents including politicians, Fabians, historians, social scientists, and staff of the London School of Economics and Political Science
- additional letters and photocopies of letters given to the Library after the deposit of the Passfield papers in 1949, 1888-1944, including correspondence with Edward Reynolds Pease, Charlotte Payne-Townshend (later Shaw), Professor William Alexander Robson, Mrs Lucia Turin, Herbert George Wells, Richard Burdon Haldane, Viscount Haldane, and Hubert Hall
Later correspondence relating to the Webbs, [1970-1985], collated by Norman MacKenzie.
Material concerning personal and private affairs, 1865-1948, including financial and legal papers of the Webbs and their families, 1873-1945, such as wills, probates, birth and marriage certificates and insurance policies
Material relating to educational awards of Sidney and Beatrice, 1876-1945, as well as papers concerning his Barony
Correspondence, legal and business papers concerning property, 1893-1948, including
- Passfield Corner; financial material, 1902-1947, notably banking correspondence and dividend vouchers
- Photographs, 1865-1947, mainly of the Potter family and Beatrice and Sidney Webb, and including several of George Bernard Shaw and his wife Charlotte.
Material relating to political and public work, 1892-1948, including
- material relating to the London County Council, 1892-1907
Papers concerning the Poor Law, 1909-1948, including the foundation of the National Committee for the Prevention of Destitution, and papers of the National Poor Law Reform Association
Memoranda by Beatrice Webb on the administration of the Prince of Wales's Fund, 1914
Documents from the International Socialist Congress of Vienna, 1914
Material concerning Beatrice Webb's work on the Reconstruction Committee, 1917-1918, including letters from William Henry Beveridge, David Lloyd George and Christopher Addison, and committee papers
Memoranda on war aims for the Inter-Allied Labour and Socialist Conference, 1918
Political papers regarding Sidney Webb's candidature for the University of London in the general election of 1918, and his role as Labour MP for Seaham Harbour, 1920-1931
Prospectus and notices of the Half-Circle Club, 1921; notes by Sidney Webb on the Labour Governpment of 1924
Material concerning the living wage policy of the Independent Labour Party, 1926
Political papers of Sidney Webb, 1929-1931, mainly concerning his role as Secretary of State for the Colonies in the Labour Government of 1929, and including a report on the legislative programme of the Parliamentary Labour Party, correspondence with Sir Edward William Macleay Grigg, Governor of Kenya, and notes on the political crises of 1931 and Webb's resignation
Notes and drafts of an article by Beatrice Webb on the 1929 Labour Gpovernment, 1929-1931
Memoranda by Beatrice Webb on Emploympent Insurance, 1931.
Business papers concerning publications, 1890-1947, notably general correspondence between the Webbs and their actual and prospective publishers, 1890-1947
Printed prospectuses, advertisements, book jackets, 1898-1941, for Industrial democracy , A constitution for the socialist commonwealth of Great Britain , The History of Trade Unionism , various volumes of English local government , The decay of capitalist civilisation , Methods of social study , and Soviet communism ; manuscript notebooks, 1920-1947, mainly in Sidney Webb's hand, containing details of subscribers to English local government , and accounts connected with Webb p publications.
Printed, typescript and manuscript copies of lectures, interviews, speeches and talks by the Webbs, -1942, notably texts of lectures given by Sidney Webb at venues including the Working Men's College, the Argosy Society, the Sunday Lecture Society, the Fabian Society, the City of London College, and South Place Institute, 1883-1891, mainly relating to political economy and economic history
Printed reports of interviews with Sidney and Beatrice Webb, and speeches and lectures by them, 1889-1942, on subjects including political economy, socialism, the London County Council, education, the USSR and trade unions
Reprints and texts of lectures and talks by Beatrice Webb, 1906-1932, and Sidney Webb, 1900-1936, on the poor law, Herbert Spencer, social research, politics, and soviet copmmunism
An album of press cuttings relating to Sidney Webb, 1887-1891.
Articles, essays, published letters and reviews by the Webbs, 1877-1945, notably manuscript and typpescript essays, 1877-1887, on marxism, economic theory, and social research
Typescript copies of articlesp, 1912-1933, mainly relating to the Labour Party, politics and Spoviet Russia
Printed copies of articles by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, 1887-1942
Published letters, 1897-1910, on trade unions, and destitution
Notes and diary entries made by the Webbs during and after a visit to the Soviet Union, 1932
Drafts and proofs of books by thep Webbs, 1913-.
Bibliographical material and research notes gathered by Beatrice and Sidney Webb during the production of some of their books, 1881-1948, including printed material, scrap books, biographical notes and index cards on subjects such as political economy, social conditions and local government in London, poor law, socialism, trade unionism, and the co-operative movement.
Material relating to the Webbs' involvement with the Fabian Society, 1886-1947, including
- general material and lectures, 1888-1947
- papers of the Fabian Research Department and the Labour Research Department, 1912-1929;
- papers of the New Fabian Research Bureau, 1936-1938;
- material regarding the Fabian Summer School, 1913-1926;
- papers concerning the Fabian Women's Group, 1914-1915;
- and material relating to the Fabian Colonial Bureau, 1946.
Papers relating to the London School of Economics and Political Science, 1893-1924, comprising
- early material concerning the Hutchinson Bequest and Trust, 1893-1924, namely legal documents, correspondence and financial papers;
- correspondence, legal documents, accounts and maps regarding the foundation, early history and administration of LSE, 1895-1945, including letters from Sir William Henry Beveridge, Sir Alexander Carr-Saunders, William Albert Samuel Hewins and others;
- correspondence regarding library acquisitions, 1934-1935;
- material concerning LSE buildings, 1898-1903, including correspondence with architects and builders, accounts, maps and plans.
Material concerning the New Statesman and the Statesman Publishing Company, 1912-1943, comprising
- papers relating to the foundation, financing and planned format of the journal, 1912-1913;
- correspondence with William Pember Reeves, Professor Charles Mostyn Lloyd, (Basil) Kingsley Martin, George Bernard Shaw, Edward Whitley and Ernest Darwin Simon, 1912-1943;
- financial material, 1913-1943, including banking correspondence, share statements, loan certificates, and circulation figures;
- material concerning the takeover of the Nation by the New Statesman , 1923;
- correspondence with Clifford Dyce Sharp relating to his resignation as Editor, 1924;
- transcripts of Beatrice Webb's diary relating to the journal, 1912-1928.
Material published about Beatrice and Sidney Webb and the Potter family, 1869-1960, including
- press cuttings and short published reviews of published works by the Webbs, 1889-1960;
- photographs and notes relating to the Potter family, 1869-1947, including Richard Potter, Lady Kate Courtney, Sir Richard Durning Holt and Sir (Richard) Stafford Cripps.
Papers of the Beatrice Webb relating to the government Reconstruction Committee, 1916-1918, mainly comprising
- memoranda, reports and letters concerning the work of the Machinery of Government Committee, with proposals concerning the reorganisation of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Board of Trade, the Department of Justice, the Board of Education, the Home Office and the civil service, as well as methods of controlling national expenditure;
- memoranda and reports of the Sub-Committee on Functions of Government Departments;
- and material created by the Control of Industry and Commerce Panel.
Miscellaneous material, 1835-, including
- items found loose in Beatrice Webb's diary, including the passport of Richard Potter, reports on trade unionism, conscientious objectors, wage regulation in World War One;
- a letter from Sir Oswald Ernald Mosely to Sidney Webb, enclosing a paper on unemployment and reconstruction, ;
- cabinet papers on national expenditure and national insurance and pensions, [1930-1931];
- material concerning agriculture in the Soviet Union; photographs, -1932, comprising a photograph album of Sidney Webb's parents, and pictures removed from Beatrice Webb's diary.