LSE Digital Library

LSE Digital Library contains digitized material from the library collections of the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as born-digital material that is present at the LSE Library. In November 2014 the Digital Library contained the following collections:

  • Fabian Society and Young Fabians. The Fabian Society was founded in 1884, with the purpose to ‘reconstruct society in such a manner as to secure the general welfare and happiness.’ At the beginning the Society was not overtly socialy, but before long its deliberation and discourse revealed a clear affinity with the wider socialist movement. Thereafter the influence of Fabian thinking on the formation of both the Independent Labour Party in 1893 and the Labour Party in 1900 was significant. The collection includes:
    • Pamphlets published as part of the Fabian Tracts series, 1884-2000
    • Minutes of Executive Committee meetings and other key committee meetings, 1884-1954
    • Pamphlets published as part of the Young Fabian pamphlet series, 1961-2009
  • The Papers of Lionel Robbins. Diaries written by Lionel Robbins giving an account of the negotiations of the Hot Springs (1943) and Bretton Woods (1944) conferences.
  • The Women’s Library @ LSE. A chronological presentation of more than 300 items from the 16th century to the present day, that concern the personal, political, and economic struggles that have symbolized women’s battle for equality over the past 500 years. Many different types of sources are present: pamphlets, magazines, journals, archival material, photographs, postcards, objects, and books.
  • The Beaver. The newspaper of the Student’s Union at LSE, coverage from the first issue dated 1949 to 2007/8.
  • Poster collections. Social and political posters from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from the UK and Russia.
  • Street Life in London. Collection of images from Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, and London, in 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith.
  • Webbs on the Web. This collection focuses on the manuscript and printed works of Sidney and Beatrice Webb. Beatrice Webb’s extensive diary deals with a wide range of subjects, including late 19th and 20th century politics, industrial relations, and the role of women in society and family relationships. This part of the Digital Library provides access to the diaries, a bibliography of the Webb’s printed works, and a selection of photographs.

In addition to these collections, digital exhibitions are organized, which are designed to create a narrative around a particular theme or topic. They use LSE’s archival holdings. For example, in November 2014 there was an exhibition of digital images related to the First World War.

The LSE Digital Library can be browsed according to collection. In addition, it is possible to search all the collections simultaneously. Images can be downloaded.

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 10:52pm
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