TAWNEY, Richard Henry, 1880-1962, historian: coal industry papers

Scope and Content

Coal industry collection. Pamphlets, parliamentary papers, press cuttings and extracts concerning the coal industry in UK, France, USA and Germany, collected by Tawney. Tawney's despatch box and a quantity of miscellaneous papers omitted from the original list were identified and added in 1994. They include a photograph of the members of the Coal Industry Commission and some statistical data.

Administrative / Biographical History

Richard Tawney, 1880-1962, was educated at Rugby and Balliol College, Oxford. He was a fellow at Balliol, 1918-1921, and an honorary fellow, 1938. Tawney was a member of the executive committee of the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) 1905, and held WEA tutorial classes in Rochdale and Manchester, 1908-1914. From 1906-1908 he taught political economy at Glasgow University. Tawney joined the Fabian Society in 1906. He was a member of the Society's executive 1921-1933. In 1909 he joined the Independent Labour Party. He was wounded during World War One. After the war he stood unsuccessfully as a Labour candidate in 1918, 1922 and 1919. Tawney was a member of the consultative committee of the Board of Education 1912-1931. In 1919 he became a member of the Coal Industry Commission. Tawney was a lecturer in economic history at London School of Economics 1917 and 1920-1949, becoming a professor in 1931. From 1927-1934 he co-edited the 'Economic History Review'. His publications include: 'The Agrarian Problem in the Sixteenth Century' (1912); 'The Acquisitive Society' (1921); 'Religion and the Rise of Capitalism' (1926); 'Equality' (1931); 'Business and politics under James I: Lionel Cranfield as merchant and minister' (1958).


In 12 volumes and 6 folders.

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Printed handlist available

Archivist's Note

Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on May 8, 2002

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