Dawson, William Harbutt (1860-1948)

Scope and Content

Letter to Mrs Peel regarding his writing on insurance, 1912.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Harbutt Dawson was an authority on Germany, especially on the social reforms in that country; the Liberal government employed him as an investigator at the Board of Trade, 1906, and he contributed to the Labour Exchange Act and the National Insurance Act in that capacity; his book The Evolution of Modern Germany was published in 1908 and reprinted five times before the First World War; he was a member of the British peace delegation at Versailles and argued unsuccessfully that Germany be able to keep its colonies.


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Acquisition Information

Senate House Library

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Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Richard Temple.

Separated Material

Birmingham University holds papers of Dawson, 1871-1948 (reference WHD). The John Rylands, Manchester University holds Dawson's letters to the Manchester Guardian, 1906-1932 (Guardian archives).

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Custodial History

Transferred from Senate House Library.