Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)US72
TitleUniversity of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of Francois Lafitte
Extent57 boxes
DescriptionPapers of Francois Lafitte comprising his published and unpublished writings and publications as research officer, journalist and academic and including his student writings, 1932-1986; his speeches, lectures and addresses including notes, correspondence and cuttings; papers relating to his teaching at the University of Birmingham including lecture notes and associated materials, 1961-1975; papers relating to jobs and employment, 1953-1980; correspondence files; 1940s-1990s; tape recording of an interview by Professor Ann Oakley, 1989; personal and family papers including correspondence with his mother, 1925-1974 and material relating to the Lafitte family history; personal and family photographs. The collection also includes personal and other papers of his wife, Eileen Lafitte and various papers of and relating to Havelock Ellis, Lafitte being the executor of his literary estate and owner of all his copyrights.
ArrangementThese papers have been arranged largely according to Professor Lafitte's own arrangement and his labelling of the material
Finding AidsA temporary box list for this collection is available as a PDF file by clicking in the document field below. A paper copy is also available in the Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections Department.
Access StatusOpen
Physical DescriptionSome boxes are large or outsize
Administrative HistoryFrancois Lafitte (1913-2002) was the son of Francoise Lafitte and of John Armistead Collier and Françoise Lafitte and the adopted son of Havelock Ellis. He married Eileen (nee Saville, 1914-1996) in 1938 and had one son, Nicholas (1943-1970)

Collège Municipal, Maubeuge in France; George Green's School, Poplar; St Olave's Grammar School, Southwark; and Worcester College, Oxford

Francois Lafitte was a research officer and translator for the Miners' International Federation, 1936-37 and then joined the research staff of the Political and Economic Planning (PEP) from 1938-1943 where for a time was also Deputy Secretary. In 1943 up to 1959 he was on the editorial staff of 'The Times' as social policy correspondent. He was also Chairman of PEP research groups on the health services, 1943-46 and on housing policy, 1948-51. In 1959 he was appointed as Professor of Social Policy and Administration and Head of Social Administration Department at the University of Birmingham and served as Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science 1965-68.

He was Chairman of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, 1968-88; a member of the Sociology Committee of the Social Science Research Council, 1966-68; a member of the Home Office Advisory Council on the Treatment of Offenders, 1961-64; and a member of the Board of Redditch Development Corporation, 1964-74

His chief publications were The Internment of Aliens (1940, reprinted in 1988); Britain's Way to Social Security (1945); Family Planning in the Sixties (1963); and (part authorship) Social Deprived Families in Britain (1970) He was the author of numerous articles and papers on population control, family planning, abortion and related issues and on various aspects of society and social planning. He contributed to the British Journal of Delinquency, Eugenics Review and Chambers's Encyclopedia

References: Obituary in 'The Times'; Who's Who 2003
AcquisitionDeposited in February 2003 with an additional deposit made in March 2004 and a transfer of books made in January 2020
Related MaterialThe Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections also holds the archives of the University of Birmingham and archives of other former staff, officials and students, including Nicolas Deakin [US156]
Publication NoteNicholas Deakin has written an article about Lafitte's early career to be published in 'Cercles', Rouen University Journal. A copy of the article, entitled 'Beseiging Jericho: Episodes from the early career of Francois Lafitte (1931-45)' can be found on the deposit file and is available on request. A second paper, covering the post war period, is also forthcoming