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TitleThe Genesis of the Society
Ref NoRES/1
DescriptionRecords relating to the foundation of the British Economic Association in 1890 and the change of name to the Royal Economic Society in 1903 (with additional relevant material from 1938, 1968 and 1993), and miscellaneous correspondence files from the 1890s.
This section includes correspondence between many eminent British economists who were alive c1890-1903, including James Bonar, R H Inglis Palgrave, Alfred Marshall, F Y Edgeworth, Henry Higgs and Edwin Cannan, and the first RES President George Goschen, who was also Chancellor of the Exchequer at that time. Much of the correspondence is on routine administration during the early years of the BEA, but there is also debate on the formation of the BEA, the grant of the Royal Charter, drafts of rules and bye-laws, controversies, Economic Journal and other policy matters, consideration of the Society's motto and motif, the Society's Royal Seal and the Letters Patent of 1903 and 1968.
Most of the material in this section was contained in one deposit sent to BLPES Archives in 1985 by Sir Austin Robinson, and noted in the Archives accessions register as 'Early records of the RES'. This included files 1/1/1-1/1/5, which were collected in one package by James Bonar, named 'Genesis', and sent to J M Keynes in 1938. Other material was found among Austin Robinson's personal papers at the Marshall Library, Cambridge, and transferred to BLPES in 1999.
Related material:
Some other early material not relating specifically to the foundation of the Society has been placed in other sections (particularly Section 2 - Minutes etc., Section 3 - Finance, and Section 4 -Membership). It is easily identifiable by its early date (1890s).
System of Arrangement:
File references beginning 1/1 are the 'Genesis' bundle packaged by James Bonar and sent to J M Keynes in 1938. 1/2 are the Royal charters, letters patent and seal. 1/3 are other material relating to the foundation of the BEA and RES.
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