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AL Smith Collection - Catalogue II.D2.7-12

Group II. Papers on Public Questions, 1908-1924.

The following material relating to AS's work on various national issues had been arranged in chronological order under each heading by the time that the the "E.L. Morgan" listing was made. This structure has been preserved, and the letter identifiers given to each heading correspond to those on the "E.L. Morgan" list. The Morgan list noted that the material on "Extra-Mural Work" had been arranged with more care - this implies that this material had been used before the Morgan list was drawn up [See II A below].


This material was orginally in 7 boxes and divided into three groups - "The War 1914-1918," "The Deeper Causes of the War" and "Germany, America." These divisions have been preserved.

2. "The Deeper Causes of the War."

This material, originally in 2 of AS's red marbled file boxes, concerns lectures on the War, its causes and attendant social problems. The first box contained a complete set of notes, syllabuses etc for a series of lectures given by AS at Rugby School (the title of this series was actually "Causes and Issues of the War," not "The Deeper Causes of the War"). These are now II D2/1-5. The second contained material for other lectures and reviews concerning the War, now II D2/6-10. The "E.L. Morgan" list noted that this material had been kept apart from the other material concerning the War because of its bulk. This division has been preserved, also because the material does stand on its own, particularly the Rugby lectures material, as giving a more detailed impression of AS's wartime lecturing activities than the material in II D1 above.

7. AMS notes [for the above lectures?].

i.Notes, outlines, references for scheme of lectures at Halifax. Dated 12 Jan. 1915. 12L. [Parts of this resemble the titles of the above scripts. However these notes also indicate that AS was to lecture on the Causes and Results of the War, as well as the economic effects, in the same series.]

ii."War and Food Prices." 2L.

iii.Notes on various references, many issues connected with the War etc. 28L.


8. Reviews etc of books on the War and economics.

i.Criticism of H.N. Brailsford's The War of Steel and Gold. TS drafts. 3L. 6 copies, 2 are annotated.

ii.AMS notes on The War of Steel and Gold. 10L.

iii.TS review of The War and Democracy, an anthology by 5 authors including A.E. Zimmern. 4L.

iv.AMS draft of the above. 3L.

v.Notes on an article by A.D. Lindsay in Political Questions Dec. 1914 about Norman Angell's works.

vi.AMS review by J.J. Stonier of The World of Labour by G.D.H. Cole. n.d. 4L.


9. Undated material for other lectures.

i.AMS notes and drafts for a lecture on the War, its outbreak, its meaning etc. 20L.

ii.AMS and TS notes and drafts for a lecture on economic aspects of the War and a peace settlement. 23L.


10. AMS notes for a lecture at Somerville on industrial issues [?]. 2L. With ALS from Catharine Godfrey, a student at Somerville. 17 Feb. 1915. 2L. Fixing the date for the lecture. Can AS's lecture take the form of a reply to a lecture by Mr. Trevelyan?


11. Cuttings on the War and related issues. [Found together in the second "Deeper Causes..." box. Mainly collected for the "Halifax lectures?]

i.Newspaper cutting. n.d. Economic factors in the War.

ii.Newspaper cutting. n.d. Short articles on various financial issues.

iii.Newspaper cutting. n.d. Part of an article on the waste of capital.

iv.Newspaper cutting. n.d. Suggestions on a War Loan scheme.

v.Newspaper cutting. n.d. German views of Allied finance.

vi.Newspaper cutting. n.d. A letter from a German soldier to his mother.

vii.From The Times n.d. How Germany organized her manpower.

viii.From The Times n.d. German war literature.

ix.From The Westminster Gazette n.d. "Notes from France."

x.From The Times 22 Dec. 1914. Letter from A.H. Sayce of Queen's College on the lack of German contributions to intellectual life.

xi.Reprint from The Edinburgh Review April 1915. Long review of Prince Von Bulow's Imperial Germany. 20p. Sent to AS by A.D. Hall, author of the article.

xii.From The Times 26 June 1915. Letter from "a banker" on war finances.

xiii.From The Manchester Guardian 30 Nov. 1915. Letters on War Bonds, and a club to study War Finance.


12. Other material on "Deeper Causes of the War" etc.

i.TS draft of a lecture syllabus [?] - "The deeper causes of the War, as distinct from the immediate occasions of it." n.d. 1L.

ii.Loose AMS notes on various aspects of the War, its outbreak, its meaning etc. 18L.

iii.Loose TS page from a paper on the Balkans.

iv.Envelope marked "Notes - Deeper Causes of the War."

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