Colonial Economic Research Committee, Colonial Research Committee, Colonial Social Science Research Council and Related Organisations

Scope and Content

The Colonial Research papers, 1943-1963, contain administrative papers relating to various colonial interests concerning Great Britain. The majority of the papers consist of minutes, agendas, correspondence and further memorandum, although there is also a section containing the general administrative papers of Postgraduate Studentships within the boundaries of Colonial Research.

Administrative / Biographical History

Colonial Research covers the papers relating to various councils and committees concerned with colonial research. The Colonial Social Science Research Council was established by the British Government at the end of World War Two to undertake research into the economic development of the colonies. The records held at the LSE appear to represent private sets of the Council's papers collected by its leading members, specifically Sir Alexander Carr-Saunders and Sir Arnold Plant. The Council was superceded by the Overseas Development Committee and various other councils and committees, represented by each section of the collection. Official Colonial Office records deposited at The National Archives may contain the Council's central archive.


The papers are arranged as follows:
1. Colonial Economic Research Committee.
2. Colonial Economic and Development Council.
3. Colonial Research Committee.
4. Colonial Economic Advisory Committee.
5.Overseas Research Council.
6. Postgraduate Studentships
7. Colonial Office correspondence mainly with Sir Arnold Plant.
8. Colonial Social Science Research Council.

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Archivist's Note

Sources: Copied from LSE Archives CALM database.

Conditions Governing Use

Most items can be photocopied, subject to handling and copyright restrictions. No material may be published without the prior permission of both the copyright holder and the Library. All applications for publication must be made to the Archivist in the first instance, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user.