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From his early days in public life Hirst appears to have ac­cumulated a considerable personal archive, which is said to have reflected his wide range of interests. The bulk of this collection, however, was destroyed or dispersed as a result of successive moves during and after the Second World War, and more of his papers may have been lost after his death in 1953. What survived was eventually placed by his widow in the custody of Mr A. F. Thompson of Wadham College, Oxford.

The remaining material consists largely of drafts for books and articles, a mass of press cuttings, and a miscellaneous collection of correspondence, most of which has no bearing on his career as an economist and economic historian. This material is not yet available for examination, but Mr Thompson is empowered to deal with enquiries.

Some lectures and notes by Hirst on Viscount Morley, with five letters to Hirst, 1928-1930.

Morley papers, India Office Library.


JAMES TRUSLOW ADAMS, 42 letters, 1930-1948. Adams papers, Columbia UL, New York.

WILLIAM HENRY BEVERIDGE, Baron Beveridge, a few letters, 1925-1933.

Beveridge papers, BLPES

SIR JOHN BRUNNER, 29 letters, 1909-1917. Brunner papers, Liverpool UL

JOHN STEWART BRYAN, c. 175 items, 1924-1943. Virginia State Library, Richmond.

SIR HENRY CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN, three letters, 1905-1907.

BL Add. MSS. 41238-41240.

EDWIN CANNAN, ten letters, 1915-1932. Cannan collection, BLPES

JOHN BATES CLARK, two letters, 1911-1926. Clark papers, Columbia UL, New York.

LEONARD COURTNEY, 1st Baron Courtney of Penwith, four let­ters, 1915-1918.

Courtney collection, BLPES

SIR ROBERT ENSOR, seven letters, 1899-1904. Ensor papers, Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE, three letters, 1895-1897. BL Add. MSS. 44520-44523.

JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES, Baron Keynes, 11 letters, 1909-1920.

Keynes papers, KC, Cambridge.

OSWALD GARRISON VILLARD, 80 items, 1921-1949. Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Printed Material

F. W. Hirst: By His Friends ( London, 1958).


Portrait: see F. W. Hirst: By His Friends (above).