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Oxford Research Group

  • 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

  • Collection
  • 1900-1961

A curated collection that focuses on the topics of pacifism and global peace, particularly during the interwar period (1919-1939). The collection draws upon selected archives and material from the League of Nations Union (LNU), the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Fellowship of Reconciliation, including posters, photographs, papers, pamphlets, meeting minutes, annual reports, journals and ephemera. These materials detail the activities and ideas of those organisations and their efforts to work towards world peace.

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, British Section (WILPF)

  • Collection
  • 2013-2015

The collection includes the born-digital records of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, British Section (WILPF).

The first series of records consists of oral histories recorded as part of a project called 'These Dangerous Women', to mark the 100th anniversary of WILPF.

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

George Lansbury Archives

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The papers of George Lansbury MP (1859 – 1940), which include photographs and caricatures of Lansbury, press reviews of Lansbury’s published work, articles, pamphlets, speeches, leaflets, election addresses and personal ephemera. Topics covered in these papers include schools, the Labour Party, unemployment, agriculture, India, the 1931 Cabinet Crisis and the Metropolitan Police.

LSE School Management Committee (SMC)

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  • Collection
  • 2017-2021

This collection includes the digital records of LSE School Management Committee (SMC), including minutes and papers of SMC meetings. The first series consists of the public (redacted) minutes of SMC meetings held between 2017 and 2021. More information on the committee is available from the LSE SMC page.

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Women's Resource Centre

  • Collection
  • 2019-2020

This collection includes the born-digital records of The Women's Resource Centre (WRC). The first series consists of material relating to 'Sisters Doing it for Themselves', a project run by WRC to mark the 50th anniversary of the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM) in 2020.

Women's Resource Centre (WRC)

Fabian Society and Young Fabians

  • Collection
  • 1884-2009

A collection of papers and publications produced by the Fabian Society between 1884 and 2009, including the Fabian Tracts, the Young Fabian pamphlets series and meeting minutes. These materials provide a record of the Society’s internal administration, as well as illustrating their political and ideological evolution over time. Founded in 1884, the Fabian Society is a prominent left-wing think tank which has had (and continues to have) a significant influence on the British left, most notably the Labour Party. The Society was founded with the purpose to "reconstruct society in such a manner as to secure the general welfare and happiness".

Greenham Women Everywhere

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  • Collection
  • 2019-2021

This collection includes digital archives produced by Greenham Women Everywhere, a partnership project between Scary Little Girls Association and The Heroine Collective.

The project was funded by Heritage Lottery South West and Supported by The University of The West of England in Bristol, Cornwall Council, Falmouth University, The Women’s Library at The London School of Economics, The East End Women’s Museum, Goldsmiths University of London, The Hypatia Trust, The Feminist Library, Kresen Kernow, the UK Parliament Vote 100 Project and Dreadnought South West.

Charles Booth Digitised Archive

  • Collection
  • 1886-1903

The poverty maps, papers and notebooks of Charles Booth’s inquiry into the Life and Labour of the People in London (1886 – 1903), an investigation into the distribution of wealth and poverty in late-Victorian London. The most famous items in this collection are the maps, known for their street-by-street colour-coded display of wealth distribution throughout the city at the time. This collection includes both the printed and hand-coloured maps produced by the inquiry. Further topics addressed in Booth's papers and notebooks include industry and religion.

Women's Rights Collection: Journals. Part 2

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  • Collection
  • 1915 - 1969

This collection consists of journals which cover many campaigns for equality of rights and opportunities published after the First World War. Campaigns range from the right to vote on the same terms as men, to birth control, family allowances, guardianship rights, equal pay, and abolition of the marriage bar, to an equal role for women in the League of Nations. Journals, such as “Urania”, challenged gender and sexual norms.

Women's Rights Collection: Annual Reports

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  • Collection
  • 1868-1929

This collection contains the annual reports of the first suffrage societies of the 19th century (e.g., the London Society for Women’s Suffrage in 1869). This includes reports of the branches of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, of the Women’s Social and Political Union, and of suffrage societies around England, Scotland, Ireland and Europe. The annual conference reports of the Women’s Freedom League continue until 1929.

Election Ephemera Collection

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  • 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)

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

  • 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.

The Women's Library Poster Collection

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  • Collection
  • 1970-1989

A curated collection of posters from The Women’s Library, mainly dating to the 1970s and 1980s. It includes our collection of See Red Women's Workshop posters and posters on the theme of feminism, women’s rights activism, violence against women and peace campaigning.

Endell Street Military Hospital Digital Collection

  • Collection
  • 1915 -1919

This collection incorporates a selection of material from the archives of Louisa Garrett Anderson and of Nina Last relating to the Endell Street Military Hospital (1915-1919). This includes the letters of Louisa Garret Anderson regarding the Women’s Hospital Corps (mainly to her mother, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson), a notebook by Nina Last regarding her work at Endell Street, a scrapbook kept by Flora Murray, and a series of photographs relating to the hospital and its staff, along with an image of an embroidered shoe bag. Transcripts are included with the original manuscripts in this collection.

South African Governmental Publications

  • Collection
  • 1866-1986

A collection of official and administrative publications produced by successive South African governments between 1866 and 1986, including a series of censuses (1866 – 1968) and a series of reports on education (1882 – 1986). These publications provide statistics and time-series data on a range of topics, including demographics, education, employment, housing, industry, marital conditions and public health, as well as insight into the policies of successive South African governments before and after independence from British rule.

Rare Books: Women's History Collection

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  • Collection
  • 1615-1849

The books in this collection constitute some of the oldest material from The Women’s Library and LSE, dating from the early 17th century to the mid 19th century. The collection explores how social expectations of women and their perceived roles in society have changed throughout the centuries, featuring perspectives from both female and male authors. The books include academic and philosophical works, such as treatises, essays and recorded lectures, as well as petitions, instructional books, works of fiction, satire and general entertainment.

Poster Collections

  • Collection
  • 1892 - 1930s

A collection of posters drawn from four different collections held at LSE archives. The ‘Political and Tariff Reform Posters’ series includes a selection of political posters produced by various British political parties and the Tariff Reform League from 1892 – 1910. The ‘London County Council Election 1907’ series includes a selection of campaigning posters and papers produced for that election. The ‘British Labour Delegation to Russia’ series includes propaganda posters, papers, gazettes and newspaper articles collected by the Delegation during their visit to Soviet Russia in 1920. The ‘Russia Childcare Posters’ series includes posters produced by the Soviet Ministry of Health (Ministerstvo zdravookhraneniya) from 1930 – 1931, instructing parents on how to take care of their children’s health.

Cavendish-Bentinck Pamphlets and Leaflets Collection

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  • Collection
  • 1840s-1920s

This is a collection of pamphlets collected by Ruth Cavendish-Bentinck, socialist and suffragist, which have been bound into volumes. The collection contains many pamphlets relating to the women's suffrage campaign from the 1860s to approximately 1900. Other topics are also covered, such as Octavia Hill and her work with the poor (volume 1), the Marriage Law Reform Association (volume 22), The Women's Institute (the club, not the National Federation of Women's Institutes, volume 23) and women's suffrage in the United States (volume 35).

Inter-war Feminist Pamphlet Collection

  • Collection
  • 1918-1940

A curated collection of pamphlets selected from The Women’s Library and related collections, focusing on the work of organisations, reformers and campaigners who advocated for women’s rights and equality during the inter-war period (1918 – 1940). Also included are the perspectives of politicians, governments, and intergovernmental organisations, as they reacted to the issues raised by women’s rights advocates.

Economic History Digital Collection

  • Collection
  • 1884 - 2002

Official publications selected from LSE Library’s key collections of UK government and economic statistics, dating from 1884 to 2002. They contain time-series data on a range of topics, including demographics, economics, public health and housing.


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  • Collection
  • 2014-2016

This collection contains the digital records of OneBodyOneFaith. The first series includes the oral history archive created in 2016 as part of the heritage project Christian Voices Coming Out, to mark the foundation of the Gay Christian Movement in 1976.


Hugh Dalton's Diaries

  • Collection
  • 1916-1978

The manuscript diaries of Labour politician Hugh Dalton (1887 – 1962), including a report on the diaries from The Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts (1978). The diaries provide an account of Dalton’s life and work from 1916 to 1960, notably documenting his military service during the First World War and his service in government during the Second World War. Wider topics covered in his diaries include political issues, Labour Party issues, economic reform, trade, foreign policy and economic production.

Women's Rights Collection: Pamphlets and Leaflets

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  • Collection
  • 1860-1966

This collection contains the bound volume of leaflets published by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies up until 1914. It also contains the leaflets and pamphlets published by various suffrage organisations such as the Women’s Local Government Society and the Women’s Emancipation Union.

LSE Public Lectures 1990 - 2006

  • Collection
  • 1990-2006

A collection of audio and video recordings of around 1000 public lectures delivered at LSE from 1990 – 2006, covering a wide range of topics relating to the social and historical sciences. The featured speakers are high-profile international scholars and policy makers with a broad range of expertise, including members of the LSE academic community and scholars from outside the School, as well as world leaders and other political figures, philanthropists, broadcasters, entrepreneurs and campaigners. Subjects covered in these lectures include economics, politics, philosophy, sociology, history, accounting and finance, law, gender studies, architecture, anthropology and the hard sciences.

Autograph Letter Collection

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  • Collection
  • 1851-1975

This collection contains letters of prominent correspondents dating from 1851 to 1975. They cover themes eg suffrage, education, medicine, women and the Church, literature, employment, temperance, scholarship, industry, travel and the art. Many of these letters were considered 'Autograph' letters by famous correspondents such as William Gladstone, Queen Victoria, Florence Nightingale, the Pankhursts, Annie Besant, Thomas Hardy, Keir Hardie and John Stuart Mill to name but a few. The entire collection is arranged into 30 groups either by themes mentioned above or by individual eg Constance Lytton, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.

LSE Community Histories

  • Collection
  • 1969-2021

This collection includes material about LSE community and its history, created or collected by members of the community, including LSE alumni, students and staff. The first two series contain photos and interviews produced as a result of projects run to mark two important LSE anniversaries - 120 and 125 years since the foundation of LSE in 1895.

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