Webb/MacKenzie papers

Scope and Content

Working papers for Professor Norman MacKenzie's edition of the Webb's letters, [1889-1986], published as The letters of Sidney and Beatrice Webb (Cambridge University Press, 1978), including transcripts and photocopies of original letters, whether used in the book or not, comprising general correspondence and correspondence between Sidney and Beatrice Webb; MacKenzie's draft transcripts and notes, with final draft copies of published volumes, including final transcripts of letters used. Correspondendents range from family to prominent social scientists.

Administrative / Biographical History

Norman MacKenzie was a student at LSE, 1939-1943. He became the Assistant Editor of the New Statesman , 1943-1962, and then the Director of the School of Education at the University of Sussex in 1962. MacKenzie edited The letters of Sidney and Beatrice Webb (Cambridge University Press, 1978), and went on to edit (with Jeanne MacKenzie) The diaries of Beatrice Webb (Virago, London, 1982-5). The letters were acquired from a variety of sources, mostly indicated in the collection.


Arranged in sections as outlined in the Scope and Content. The correspondence is arranged in alphabetical order.

Access Information


Other Finding Aids

Unbound handwritten handlist available.

Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright varies according to the author of the letter. Apply to Archivist for details.

Custodial History

Given by Norman MacKenzie in 1986.

Location of Originals

Many of the original letters are held in the Passfield papers at the British Library of Political and Economic Science. For the originals of other correspondence, see the notes made by Norman Mackenzie in the collection.


The letters of Sidney and Beatrice Webb (Cambridge University Press, 1978).