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Charles Booth Digitised Archive

  • UKLSE-DL1CB01
  • Collection
  • 1886-1903

Charles Booth’s enquiry (1886-1903) was a ground-breaking social investigation into late-Victorian London. The enquiry’s most famous outputs are the poverty maps which showed street-by-street levels of wealth and poverty. LSE Library holds Booth’s original notebooks and 2nd edition maps which formed the basis for his publication, 'Life and Labour of the People in London'.

This digitised archives contain digitised surrogates from the archives Booth; Charles (1840-1916); shipowner and social commentator

Economic History Digital Collection

  • UKLSE-DL1EH01
  • Collection
  • 1884 - 2002

This collection of materials has been selected from some of LSE Library’s key collections of economic and government statistics. It includes several lengthy time-series of data in the form of official and government publications which have been digitised to reveal the richness of information contained within (demographics, economics, public health etc), which we hope will be useful to a wide range of users.

Election Ephemera

  • UKLSE-AS1EL01
  • Collection
  • 2016-2021

This collection includes born-digital ephemera and other material collected by the LSE Library which relates to elections in the United Kingdom.
The first two series consist of candidate manifestos for the main political parties as well as minor and independent parties, and voter guides from the London Mayor Elections in 2016 and 2021.

Political parties represented inlude:
Conservative Party
Green Party of England and Wales
British National Party (BNP)
Labour Party
Liberal Democrats
Women's Equality Party (WEP)
UK Independence Party (UKIP)

George Lansbury Archives

  • UKLSE-DL1GL01
  • Collection

The personal and political correspondence of George Lansbury (1859 – 1940), gathered by his biographer and son-in-law Raymond Postgate. George Lansbury was a Labour MP who become borough councillor in Poplar in 1903 and Leader of the Labour Party in 1931 – 1935. Lansbury was interested in the causes and prevention of poverty and unemployment. He was a member of the Central Unemployed Body for London and also a member of the Royal Commission on Poor Law and Relief of Distress, where he signed the minority report. In 1929 he became the first Commissioner of Works and also established the first Poor Law Labour Colony and the first Labour Colony for the Unemployed (apart from the Poor Law and under public control) at Hollesley Bay. He was also a founder of the 'Daily Herald' and its editor from 1919 to 1923. The papers including the following topics: schools, the Labour Party, unemployment, agriculture, India, the 1931 Cabinet Crisis, and the Metropolitan Police; personal and official photographs, and caricatures from the press; press reviews of Lansbury's published works; printed matter, including articles, pamphlets, speeches and leaflets by or concerning Lansbury, election addresses, and personal ephemera.

Hugh Dalton's Diaries

  • UKLSE-DL1HD01
  • Collection
  • 1916-1978

This collection contains digitised copies from the microfilm reels of Hugh Dalton [Edward Hugh John Neale (1887-1962); Baron Dalton; politician]. The original diaries are part of DALTON Archives held in the Library.

Oxford Research Group

  • UKLSE-AS1OX01
  • Collection
  • 2001-2020

This collection contains born-digital records created by ORG, mainly research outputs produced as part of the Sustainable Security, Strategic Peacebuilding, and Remote Warfare programmes, as well as ORG newsletters and blog articles from external contributors. Also included are podcasts and recordings of panel discussions. The majority of this material was downloaded from the ORG website and transferred to LSE Library when the organisation was wound down. The collection also includes some annual accounts and impact reports (a fuller set of annual reports is available in the ORG analogue collection).

Oxford Research Group (ORG)

Peace and Internationalism Digitised Collection

  • UKLSE-DL1PI01
  • Collection
  • 1900-1961

The Peace and Internationalism collections focus on the work of activists and organisations working towards global peace. This digital collection focuses on peace in the interwar period, and includes meeting minutes, pamphlets, posters and other selected material from the League of Nations Union, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Summary tables for Births, Deaths and Marriages in England and Wales from Annual report of the Registrar General

  • UKLSE-DL1GR01
  • Collection
  • 1839-1842

The data presented consists of 3 tables in csv format which show the numbers of births, marriages and deaths in English and Welsh regions for the years stated. These were extracted from image files of digitised printed material in LSE Library. The aim was to make that data more easily processed by the end-user in spreadsheet format.

The initial digitisation was the result of a project at LSE Library. The resulting corpus of materials consists of lengthy runs (some complete) of a series of publications including The Labour Gazette, The Annual Report of the Registrar General and the Census of Production. The Library, in conjunction with LSE’s Department of Economic History, began the digitisation project in 2018. This has made a substantial collection of materials available which can be used by members of the faculty (and beyond) for research and teaching purposes.

A second phase of the project attempted to extract tables from image files from the early years of the Annual Reports of the Registrar General. The aim was to convert the large amounts of valuable data across the publications into an open format so that it could be re-used, repurposed and analysed more easily in statistical analysis software. While the extraction proved considerably challenging, the extracted tables are relatively excellent reproductions and have been well rendered as csv files.

Note: Care has been taken to ensure the fidelity of the content of the tables but we cannot guarantee that the automated processes we have used have always captured this correctly. Some data cleansing may therefore be needed to be carried out as a result. The materials can be double checked against the originals which are available online at Annual report of the Registrar General of births, deaths and marriages in England and Wales.