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The Papers of Sir Donald MacDougall

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MACD

Scope and Contents

Papers relating to economic policy, including correspondence, diaries, notes, articles, speeches, a draft autobiography and photographs.


  • Creation: 1928 - 2002


Conditions Governing Access

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

Material in this collection is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Donald MacDougall was born on 26 October 1912, the son of Daniel Douglas MacDougall and Beatrice Amy Miller. He was educated at Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow; Shrewsbury School; and Balliol College, Oxford. He married Bridget Christabel Bartrum in 1937 (marriage dissolved, 1977), with whom he had one son and one daughter, and Laura Margaret Hall (née Linfoot) in 1977 (died 1995).

He began his career as Assistant Lecturer (later Lecturer) in Economics at Leeds University, 1936-9. He worked in the First Lord of the Admiralty's Statistical Branch, 1939-40, and the Prime Minister's Statistical Branch, 1940-5, as Chief Assistant, 1942-5. He advised on reparations and German industry and attended the Potsdam Conference, 1945. He was a fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, 1945-50; Economic Director, Organization for European Economic Co-operation, Paris, 1948-9; Nuffield Reader in International Economics, Oxford University, 1950-2; Chief Adviser, Prime Minister's Statistical Branch, 1951-3; fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, 1952-64; Economic Director, National Economic Development Office, 1962-4; Director General, Department of Economic Affairs, 1964-8; Head of the Government Economic Service and Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury, 1969-73; and Chief Economic Adviser, Confederation of British Industry, 1973-84. He was a member of the European Economic Community Study Groups on Economic and Monetary Union, 1974-5, and on the Role of Public Finance in European Integration, 1975-7, which resulted in the MacDougall Report, 1977.

He was awarded the OBE, 1942; the CBE, 1945; and a knighthood, 1953. He is an honorary fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, 1964-, Nuffield College, Oxford, 1967-, and Balliol College, Oxford, 1992-.

His publications include: "The World Dollar Problem" (1957); "The Fiscal System of Venezuela" (1959); "The Dollar Problem: a Reappraisal" (1960); "Studies in Political Economy" (1975); and "Don and Mandarin" (1987).

He died in March 2004.


44 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid and a box list of the collection are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to Churchill Archives Centre by Sir Donald MacDougall in 2002.


This collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges at Churchill Archives Centre. The collection was box listed by Allen Packwood, Andrew Riley and Rachel Lloyd (December 2002). Information was obtained from "Who's Who" (A and C Black).


MacDougall, Sir George Donald Alastair, 1912-2004, Knight, economist

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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