Catalogue description Papers of SIR HUGH BEAVER, K.B.E. (1890 - 1967)

This record is held by London University: London School of Economics Library, Archives and Special Collections

Details of CSAC 40/4/76
Reference: CSAC 40/4/76
Title: Papers of SIR HUGH BEAVER, K.B.E. (1890 - 1967)

The collection contains his account of his schooldays at Glengorse (CSAC 40/4/76/A.5) and his service in India (CSAC 40/4/76/A.44 - CSAC 40/4/76/A.61), and some of his intended recollections of distinguished colleagues (CSAC 40/4/76/D.200 - CSAC 40/4/76/D.208, and note on p 22). Many of the shorter, less formal speeches and addresses in Section D include autobiographical reflections, and there are also notes of meetings conversations and discussions passim.


A. Biographical and personal A.1 - A.63


B. Professional CSAC 40/4/B.1 - CSAC 40/4/B.67


Including: Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners CSAC 40/4/B.1 - CSAC 40/4/B.16


Ministry of Works CSAC 40/4/B.17 - CSAC 40/4/B.34


Arthur Guinness, Son & Co. Ltd. CSAC 40/4/B.35 - CSAC 40/4/B.44


Federation of British Industry CSAC 40/4/B.54 - CSAC 40/4/B.60


C. Correspondence CSAC 40/4/C.1 - CSAC 40/4/C.7


D. Lectures, speeches and addresses CSAC 40/4/D.1 - CSAC 40/4/D.208


Listed by Jeannine Alton and Harriot Weiskittel

Date: 1896-1972
Related material:

The extensive family documents and papers relating to early generations of the Beaver, Eyre, Campbell and Harrison families remain in the possession of Mrs. Lawson-Tancred (Wrington Rectory, Bristol).


Documents and correspondence dealing with Wellington College, where Sir Hugh was educated and of which he was Chairman of the Governors, are in the Archives of the College.

Held by: London University: London School of Economics Library, Archives and Special Collections, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Beaver, Sir, Hugh, 1890-1967, Knight, scientist

Physical description: 4 series
Access conditions:

The documents are not yet necessarily available to scholars.

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were received from Mrs. C.Lawson-Tancred, Sir Hugh's elder daughter.

Administrative / biographical background:

Throughout his career, Sir Hugh maintained correspondence or personal relations with former friends, colleagues and acquaintances; in addition, he collected photographs, press-cuttings, published reports or records bearing on people or subjects of interest to him (see note to Item CSAC 40/4/76/A.43). The collected papers thus contained information about the British Army in India, Wellington College, as well as matters immediately connected with Sir Hugh's own life and work.


Sir Hugh had intended to write, during his retirement, an account of his family and its branches, including his own life and times. He had accumulated a great deal of material, drawn up outlines of the work, and completed drafts of some sections, but died before the task was finished.


Summary of the career of Sir Hugh Beaver


b.1890 Johannesburg


1904 - 10 Wellington College


1910 - 22 Service in the Indian Police


1922 - 42 Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners (Partner 1932 - 42)


1925 Married Jean Atwood Beaver


1931 Survey of the national ports of Canada


1934 Election to Institution of Chemical Engineers


1940 Election to Institution of Civil Engineers


1940 - 45 Director General and Controller General, Ministry of Works


1943 Knighted


1945 - 60 Managing Director, Arthur Guinness, Son & Co. Ltd.


1946 - 47 Member, Committee on New Towns (Chairman: Lord Reith)


1948 - 50 Member, Building Industry Working Party


1951 - 60 Director, Colonial Development Corporation


1951 - 54 Chairman, British Institute of Management


1953 - 54 Chairman, Committee on Air Pollution


1954 - 56 Chairman, Advisory Council on Scientific and Industrial Research


1956 K.B.E.


1957 - 66 Chairman, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations


1957 - 59 Presidency, Federation of British Industries


1957 - 58 Presidency, Institution of Chemical Engineers


1958 - 63 Chairman of Governing Body, Ashridge College; of Council, Wellington College


1958 - 63 Chairman, Industrial Fund for the Advancement of Scientific Education in Schools

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