R.H. Tawney biography

The 2013 Authorship, Memory & Manuscripts seminars convened by the Bodleian Library, Oxford opened with a paper by Dr Lawrence Goldman (St. Peter’s College, Oxford, and editor of Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).

21 January 2013

Dr Goldman spoke about researching the life of R. H. Tawney (1880-1962), historian and political thinker, for his forthcoming biography. The bulk of Tawney’s papers are held in the archive collections of the London School of Economics (LSE) library but material in the Bodleian’s Department of Special Collections and the Oxford University Archives includes correspondence which sheds interesting light on his life and career. Emeritus Professor Jose Harris FBA (St Catherine’s College) chaired the session.

Tawney’s correspondents in Bodleian collections include Clement Attlee, Lionel Curtis, Lawrence and Barbara Hammond, Lord Sankey, Lord Woolton, and Sir Alfred Zimmern. Many of the letters date from the 1920s and 1930s.

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