Clipped From The Observer
BUSINESS ARCHIVES. SIR W. BEVERIDGE ON PRESERVATION. ROMANCE IN RECORDS. Economic historians and business men have formed a Council for the Preservation Preservation of Business Archives. Its function is indicated clearly enough in the name. Its appeal issued during the week over the signature, among others, of Mr. Baldwin, air William Beveridge, Mr. F. C. Gnnd- Gnnd- enough (of Barclays Bank) and Sir Josiah Stamp, has aroused much interest Yeoi terday Sir William Beveridge, in a talk with a representative of The Observer, gave some indication of the possible scope of the Council's work. ' My personal interest in it," he said, '"is linked particularly with one aspect of business records, the history of prices. In the work we are doing, we use such material as Admiralty Records (reaching back to the fitting of the Armada) the carefully preserved accounts of the fortnightly fortnightly auctions of the East India Company, Company, and by these we are able to trace price movements from generation to generation. generation. I should like to feel that my suc cessor two or three hundred years hence, will find the accounts of the more recent past, properly docketed and preserved. ' the ideal would be for business archives to be kept by the firms themselves, themselves, and registered centrally, so that students would know where to find them. Then it will be necessary to have emergency emergency storage space for archives for which the. owners have no more room. When the Institute of Historical Research of London University gets new premises I should like to see it provided with enough cellar space to undertake such storage. r or particular researcn worK records might then be temporarily loaned by the nrms concerned, ana examined by the slu- slu- aeni ai ine central library."