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Richard Henry Tawney World War I Papers

Identifier: MSE/MD 6413

Scope and Contents

This collection chiefly consists of the correspondence and personal papers of Richard Henry Tawney relating to his service in World War I. Personal, government, and Army correspondence are included, as well as military and government records. Correspondence are present in the form of letters, telegrams, and postcards. Notes and hand-drawn battlefield maps are also included.


  • Creation: 1915 - 1945
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1916 - 1918


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Henry “R. H.” Tawney (1880–1962) was an English social worker, non-Marxist Socialist, and economic historian. He was elected fellow of Balliol College, Oxford in 1918 and served as President of the Workers’ Educational Association from 1928-1944. He was a professor of economic history at the London School of Economics from 1931-1949.

Tawney enlisted as a sergeant in the 22nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment of the British Army in November 1914, turning down an officer’s commission due to his political beliefs. He served at the battle of the Somme, where he was badly wounded on July 1, 1916 and evacuated to No. 16 General Hospital in Le Tréport, France. He returned home to England in the summer of 1916, transferred to reserve status that November, and was later discharged from the Army without returning to active duty.

Throughout the remainder of World War I, Richard Henry Tawney maintained correspondence with soldiers he had served alongside who remained in France following his injury and evacuation. He struggled to secure an adequate government pension subsequent to a war-injury-related disability during this period. Tawney became involved in local politics and returned to academic life in 1918. He served in the Home Guard during the Second World War. Richard Henry Tawney died in London at the age of 81.


.25 Cubic Feet (1 half document box)


Materials arranged chronologically.

Related Materials

Tawney wrote of his experience and injury at the battle of the Somme in his article “The Attack” published by the Westminster Gazette in August 1916.

His professional papers have been archived at: TAWNEY, Tawney, Richard Henry, 1880-1962, historian: academic papers, London School of Economics Library Archives and Special Collections.

Richard Henry Tawney World War I Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556