Treasury: Papers of Lord Keynes

T 247
Treasury: Papers of Lord Keynes

The collection from Lord John Maynard Keynes' private office. They relate to his second period of service in the Treasury from 1940 until his death in 1946. These papers stem from his membership of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Consultative Committee and cover the whole range of economic policy particularly in relation to overseas finance.


Original numerical sequence has been followed

Related Material:
For further Keynes papers see
T 160
T 208
T 236
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:   OF file series
Legal status:
Public Record
John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes of Tilton, 1883-1946
Physical description:
130 file(s)
Immediate source of acquisition:
, from 1977
No future accruals expected
Administrative / biographical background:

Lord Keynes, the eminent economist, first entered the Treasury in 1915 but resigned in 1919 following disagreement with official policy on reparations.

In June 1940 the Chancellor of the Exchequer asked Lord Keynes to become a member of his Consultative Council of eminent authorities who were to advise him on questions of policy, and a room was provided at the Treasury. He was not a civil servant and drew no salary. Lord Keynes was leader of the British Delegation which negotiated the American Loan in Washington in September/December 1945, and in February 1946 was appointed a Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

He died on 21 April 1946.

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