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TitlePlant; Sir; Arnold (1898-1978); Knight; economist
Extent20 boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryBorn 1898; educated Strand School and London School of Economics and Political Science; Gerstenberg Scholar in Economics and Political Science, 1921; previously a manager in the engineering industry; Professor of Commerce and Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, University of Cape Town, 1924-1930; Professor of Commerce, LSE, 1930-1965; Knight, 1947; Vice-President of the Council, Royal Economic Society; Member, Cinematograph Films Council, 1938-1969; Chairman, Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, 1955-1967; Chairman, Advertising Standards Authority, 1962-1965; Chairman, Colonial Social Science Research Council, 1955-1962; Member, Overseas Research Council, 1959-1964; Organiser for Ministry of Information, and first Director of Wartime Social Survey, 1940; Chairman, National Service Deferment Committee for the Cinematograph Industry, Ministry of Labour [National Service Film Production Committee], 1942-1945; temporary civil servant, 1940-1946, as Adviser to Ministerial Chairman of Interdepartmental Materials Committee and Central Priority Committee under Production Council (1940), Production Executive (1941), Ministry of Production (1942-1945), and on special duties in Cabinet Office, 1945-1946; Member, Board of Trade Committee on a Central Institute of Management, 1945-1946; Member, Ministry of Works Committee on Distribution of Building Materials, 1946; Member, Ministry of Education Committee on Commercial Education, 1946; Member, Board of Trade Committee on Film Distribution, 1949 (Chairman); Member, Monopolies and Restrictive Practices Commission, 1953-1956; Chairman, Ministry of Agriculture Committee on Fowl Pest Policy, 1960-1962; retired 1965; died 1978.
DescriptionThe collection mainly consists of papers relating to Plant's career (PLANT/1) and his speeches, broadcasts and written papers (PLANT/2). There are also a few folders of papers by other economists, including F von Hayek, Nicholas Kaldor and Lionel Robbins (PLANT/3).

Highlights of the collection include:
- Material relating to the School's former Department of Business Administration. These include some of its research, such as "An analysis of women's dress expenditure" (PLANT/1/11), interviews with firms (PLANT/1/12-14), papers circulated to students (PLANT/1/15), general papers regarding business education (PLANT/1/23-24) and photographs of students (PLANT/1/38). However, the main source of the history of the department is the School's own official archives, particularly LSE/CENTRAL FILING REGISTRY/196.

- Scripts of Plant's radio broadcasts from the 1930s-60s, mainly on economic matters.

- Film industry papers. Plant was a member of the Cinematograph Films Council, 1938-69, and papers relating to this Council are available at The National Archives. However, the Plant collection does include several files of the National Service Film Production Committee - which he chaired. This body considered applications for deferment of national service from members of the film industry during the Second World War, 1942-45 (PLANT/1/20-21). There are also files on the Board of Trade's Committee on the Distribution and Exhibition of Films, which Plant chaired following the death of Lord Portal in May 1949.

- Papers relating to Plant's chairmanship of the Advertising Standards Authority, 1962-65, particularly documents relating to the ASA's foundation and early years (PLANT/1/42-46).

The collection does not include many personal papers. However, there is a radio talk by Plant in 1937 relating to his decision to become a student in, "Swapping horses: business man and professor" (PLANT/2/20). He also reminisces about being a student of the economic historian R H Tawney in a later BBC talk from 1962 (PLANT/2/49).
Access StatusMainly open; some items closed
Copyright TypeCopyright is held by the depositor
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