International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions, 1933 - 1984
Scope and Contents
The Girton College archives contain Commission papers kept both by Helen Cam and by Helmut Koenigsberger, a close colleague of HMC's and President of the Commission 1980 - 85. There is considerable overlap between the two sets of papers but they have been catalogued separately in order to reflect their provenance clearly. Both are, however, listed as part of the Cam papers, as the Koenigsberger papers were accepted by Girton because of the existing Cam holdings and the natural link between the two. The Cam ICHRPI papers are catalogued at GCPP Cam 4/1 and total 5 boxes; the Koenigsberger papers are catalogued at GCPP Cam 4/2 and total 7 boxes.
- 1933 - 1984
Biographical / Historical
The idea for this body was launched in principle in 1933 in Warsaw. The Commission was formally constituted in 1936 by the International Committee of Historical Sciences for co-operation in studying the history of representative institutions on a comparative basis. It included representatives of Belgium, the Argentine, the USA, France, England, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and Germany. The Commission produced a number of publications, mostly published in Belgium. Professor Emile Lousse, of Louvain, kept the Commission in being during the war, and many publications were subsidised by the University of Louvain. Helen Cam sought renewed funding when she became President of the Commission in 1949, succeeding Professor Coville.
12 archive box(es) (12 boxes) : paper
Language of Materials
Cam, Helen Maud; Koenigsberger, Helmut
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