The LSE Archives has a strong collection relating to international relations and the conduct of foreign policy. We hold the papers of prominent academics in the field (for example, Martin Wight and David Mitrany), international interest-groups (the League of Nations Union, the International Marxist Group), and politicians and practitioners (Paddy Ashdown, E.D. Morel, Anthony Crosland, to name but a few). There has, however, been something of bias towards the policy-making side of international affairs. This in itself is strange, as the LSE is renowned for pioneering and developing the academic study of international relations, and is one of best-respected schools of international relations in the country. It has therefore given us great pleasure to receive the papers of the late Fred Halliday, former Professor of International Relations at the LSE, and an individual with long ties to the School and a formidable reputation both in research and as a public intellectual. The accession of the Halliday papers is an important event for the archives, allowing us to redress the balance of our collection in favour of the academic study of international relations. After over a year of effort to accession and catalogue the papers they are now open and available for researchers to consult.
The collection consists of over 350 files of personal effects, correspondence, memoirs, draft texts, travel-notes and work documents, which are now available for researchers to consult. The papers themselves are fascinatingly diverse. There are personal memorabilia and correspondence dating back to Halliday’s time as a student at Queen’s College, Oxford. There is material relating to his early research and activism in the Arabian Peninsula, and his activities for the Transnational Institute and other progressive groups in the 1970s, consisting primarily of press cuttings, short articles and memoranda. There is also much from Halliday’s teaching and research at LSE and in Barcelona, including lecture transcripts, conference papers, project proposals, academic correspondence and photographs from seminars and conferences. The two particular strengths of the collection are the regional focus on the Middle East (particularly Yemen, the subject of Halliday’s PhD thesis) and the large amount of material relating to the conduct of teaching and research in international relations. As such it is hoped that the collection will appeal to students of the history and politics of the Middle East and those with an interest in the more theoretical issues dealt with in the discipline. We are very pleased to have been gifted such a unique and important collection and we look forward to welcoming interested researchers to the archives.
The effort to catalogue and sort Professor Halliday’s papers has taken the form of two somewhat distinct projects, both of which have been on-going since October 2011. The first has centred on the process of cataloguing and listing the archive itself, a task which has been funded by the LSE Library, and has revolved around incorporating the papers into the cataloguing system and the physical storage space of the archives. The second project has been the creation of a bibliography listing all of Halliday’s academic works, both published and unpublished, and this has been funded by the LSE’s Department of International Relations. Although distinct projects, however, both may be seen as two sides of the same coin; many of the rarer items in the bibliography are held within the archive, and interested researchers will no-doubt wish to consult both sources of information, which is why a combined catalogue has been produced (available in the Archives Reading Room). Both the lists for the archive and bibliography are also available online. The bibliography may be viewed at http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/, whilst the archive material may be viewed online via the archives catalogue.