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Discrete CollectionsPolitics, economics and social science collections
TitleWallas; Graham (1858-1932); political scientist
Ref NoWALLAS
LevelCollection
Datec1879-1972
Extent44 boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryGraham Wallas was born in Sunderland in 1858 and educated at Shrewsbury School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he obtained a second class in Literae Humaniores in 1881. After leaving Oxford, he became a schoolmaster. In 1884 he obtained an appointment as a classics master at Highgate School, but left in 1890 after refusing to take communion as part of his duties. He found work as a university extension lecturer and continued lecturing on an occasional basis in both Britain and the USA even after his appointment to the London School of Economics. He became a lecturer at the LSE in 1895, and became the School's first Professor of Political Science in 1914. He retired from the LSE in 1923.
Wallas was also politically active. He joined the Fabian Society in 1886 and contributed to the 'Fabian Essays' of 1889, but resigned in 1904 in protest against the Society's support for tariff reform. He campaigned for the Progressive Party at the London School Board elections of 1894 and served on the London School Board from 1894-1904, chairing its School Management Committee from 1897-1904. During part of the same period, from 1898-1904, he was also a member of the London County Council's Technical Education Board. When the London School Board was abolished in 1904, he was elected as a Progressive to the London County Council, on which he served until 1907. This was followed by a period from 1908-1910 during which he was a non-elected member of the London County Council's Education Committee. From 1908-1928 he was an member of Senate of the University of London. He also served as a member Royal Commission on Civil Service, 1912-1915. He died in 1932.
He married Ada Radford (also known as Audrey) in 1897. They had one daughter, May.
DescriptionPapers created by or collected by Graham Wallas, including personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts of his lectures, articles and books, notes, engagement diaries and press cuttings. The main subjects covered include education (particularly school and university management, university extension and religious education), local government in London, national and international politics, public administration and social psychology.
Personal papers relating to by Ada Wallas and May Wallas, notably Wallas' letters to both Ada and May, Ada's diaries, and correspondence and papers relating to posthumous publications of Wallas' works, edited by May Wallas have been transferred to Newnham College, Cambridge.
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