Materials on local government collated by Sidney and Beatrice Webb, 1906-1930, mainly during research for their nine volume English Local Government from the Revolution to the Municipal Corporations Act (Longmans and Co, London, 1906-1929) and other works on local government and the poor law, including extensive notes taken from parliamentary papers and acts, books, newspapers and local records, and including bibliographical lists, summaries and reports of interviews with members of local authorities, and material on specific counties; material on the poor law, including correspondence and papers relating to the Royal Commission on the Poor Law, 1905-1909.
Materials on Local Government collated by Sidney and Beatrice Webb
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Beatrice and Sidney Webb pooled their respective talents into writing joint works on economic and social issues. They spent 25 years researching and writing their nine-volume English Local Government from the Reformation to the Municipal Corporations Act (Longmans and Co, 1906-1929, and produced other relevant works on the poor law and social relief. For a biographical history of Sidney and Beatrice Webb, see the description for the Passfield personal papers (Ref: Passfield).
The collection is arranged geographically by county.
Conditions Governing Access
Other Finding Aids
Printed handlist available.
Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements
The physical condition of the volumes is fragile and care should be taken when handling them.
Sources: British Library of Political and Economic Science Archives catalogue. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright is held by the LSE. No documents may be photocopied.
Given by Sidney Webb in 1944. The collection was formerly known as Coll V/Local Government Collection.