Welcome to LSE Archives. The collections held in the archives cover modern British political, economic and social history, the history of the social sciences with particular reference to economics and social anthropology, and the history of the London School of Economics and Political Science. The material dates mainly from the last quarter of the nineteenth century to the present day. The department is also responsible for the Library's rare books and older pamphlets.
Restricted access to the Library during examination period
During LSE's examination period, 25 March to 28 May, there will be restricted access to the Library for external visitors, including visitors with cards issued prior to 25 March.
Academic staff and research degree students of the SCONUL Access, University of London and M25 reciprocal schemes will be able to access the Library as usual, but other external visitors who wish to consult archives or rare books should contact us directly to arrange special access.
Reading room opening hours and fetch times
Please note our new opening hours and fetch times: Archives Reading Room Opening Hours.
We have also created a new page to help you prepare for your visit: Planning your visit
Find out what we've catalogued on our completed catalogues page.
For latest news about our collections and activities take a look at our blog. Out of the box. These are the most recent posts:
Lionel Robbins and Gauguin
I love Gauguin’s art work and really enjoyed the recent retrospective at Tate Modern in 2010/2011. In the advertising for the exhibition I remember much being made of the fact this was the first UK retrospective of Gauguin’s work in 50 years. So I was very intrigued when I found a letter from a Dr Jacques Koerfer [...]
Lionel Robbins, A W Phillips and the machine
I’ve just come across some intriguing mentions of a mysterious machine in a folder of correspondence between Lionel Robbins and the Economics Department at LSE. The first mention is in a letter from James Meade to A P Lerner (copied to Robbins) ‘Phillips [A W Phillips] has talked to me about this knotty problem of [...]
The Archives Reading Room will be closed Thursday 28th March – Wednesday 3rd April, re-opening at 10am on Thursday 4th April. If you’d like to visit, or have any questions regarding our collections or services, please contact us and we’ll reply when we are back in the office after our Easter break.