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The Papers of Sir Ralph Hawtrey

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HTRY

Scope and Contents

The papers held at Churchill Archives Centre range from Hawtrey's early days in the Treasury to his death in 1974, and include Treasury Papers, Chatham House papers, correspondence, articles, reviews and unpublished manuscript material. It is an extremely full and valuable collection and contains extensive correspondence with Keynes and other leading contemporary economists. There are also some letters from Bertrand Russell written in 1908.

It should be noted that in Sections 10 and 11 (Correspondence), the letters from Hawtrey are in the form of drafts or carbon copies, and that with the correspondence there are frequently copies of the papers which are being discussed.


  • Creation: 1780 - 1974

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

1879 Born, son of George Proctor Hawtrey 1901 B.A., Trinity College, Cambridge 1902 Entered Admiralty 1904 -1945 Treasury 1919 -1945 Director of Financial Enquiries 1941 C.B. 1946 -1948 President of the Royal Economic Society 1947 -1952 Price Professor of International Economics, Chatham House 1956 Knighted 1959 Hon. Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge 1974 Died


67 archive box(es)

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Hawtrey had himself arranged the papers under various headings, and his arrangement has been kept wherever possible.

Other Finding Aids

Copies of this finding aid are available for consultation in the reading room at Churchill Archives Centre, and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Hawtrey Papers were deposited at Churchill College by the executors of the Hawtrey estate in July 1975.

Related Materials

The Roskill Library, which is available in the reading rooms of Churchill Archives Centre, holds a collection of books by Hawtrey on economic subjects which was deposited by his executors. The catalogue of the Hawtrey papers contains a list of these printed books.

Related Materials

The National Archives holds the papers of the Treasury's Financial Enquiries Branch, 1859-1947, of which Hawtrey was Director from 1919-1946. The National Archives reference code for this material is T 208.


This collection level and series description was prepared by Natalie Adams at Churchill Archives Centre in May 2004 using information from the catalogue of the Hawtrey papers. The remainder of the catalogue was retroconverted by Caroline Herbert in April 2006.


Hawtrey, Sir Ralph George, 1879-1974, Knight, economist

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
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