Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)WHD
TitleWilliam Harbutt Dawson Papers
Extent20 boxes
DescriptionLetters written to William Harbutt Dawson from various correspondents. Subjects include: Debates in the House of Commons; British politics, Hitler's Germany; anti-semitism. The collection also includes notebooks, diaries, and manuscript and printed copies of his works, together with letters from British and German politicians and journalists. The collection is a valuable source for German life and politics before 1939.
ArrangementThe letters are arranged chronologically within the following series:

WHD/1-1855: W. H. Dawson correspondence. All letters are addressed to Dawson unless otherwise indicated.
WHD/1856-2129: Additional letters arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
WHD/2130-2219: W.H. Dawson manuscripts, typescripts, presscuttings etc.
WHD/2220-2242: Additional material.
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
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Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryWilliam Harbutt Dawson (1860-1948), publicist. Education: Skipton (Ermysted) School; Private; Berlin University. Work: engaged in social and educational work; early books were written to interpret German life and institutions to the English. Publications: The German Empire, 1867-1914, 2 vols, 1919; Evolution of Modern Germany, 1908; German Socialism and Ferdinand Lassalle, 1888; Prince Bismarck and State Socialism, 1890; Germany and the Germans, 2 vols, 1894; Social Switzerland, 1897; German Life in Town and Country, 1901; Matthew Arnold and his Relation to the Thought of his Time, 1903; Protection in Germany (A History), 1904; The German Workman: A Study in National Efficiency, 1906; School Doctors in Germany 1906; The Vagrancy Problem, 1910; Social Insurance in Germany, 1883-1911, 1912; Industrial Germany, 1913; Municipal Life and Government in Germany, 1914; What is wrong with Germany; (the causes of the War), 1915; Problems of the Peace, 1917; South Africa: People, Places, and Problems, 1925; Richard Cobden and Foreign Policy, 1926; A History of Germany, 1928; The Future of Empire, 1930; Germany under the Treaty, 1933; Cromwell's Understudy: the Life and Times of General John Lambert, 1938; History of Skipton, 1882; editor of After-War Problems, 1917; has contributed to Cambridge History of British Foreign Policy, 1922, Encyclopedia Britannica, the Palgrave-Higgs Dictionary of Political Economy, 1926, and the Columbia University Encyclopedia of Social Sciences; also to various journals.

Reference: Who was who, 1941-50 ( London. A&C Black ).
AcquisitionThe W.H. Dawson Papers were presented to the Library in 1955 by Dawson's daughter.
CopiesThe collection contains some photocopies of letters. The originals have been retained by Mrs. Pickvance.