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Series Two: Treasury Papers of John Maynard Keynes
(Public Record Office Class T 247 - Papers relating to International Finance and the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Consultative Committee, 1940-1946)

This collection provides all the working papers of John Maynard Keynes and his private office at the Treasury, covering his second period of service at the Treasury, from 1940 until his death in 1946. These papers relate to his membership of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Consultative Committee and cover the whole range of economic policy, especially international finance, reconstruction and the external constraints on post-war domestic policy.

  • These files are essential to a proper understanding of Anglo-American negotiations over Lend-Lease, Mutual Aid and the Post-War financial situation.
  • There is crucial material on the Clearing Union and Stabilisation Fund, negotiations with the Dominions, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Bretton Woods, the IMF and the range of monetary discussions with the Americans.
  • These papers at the Public Record Office are quite separate from the private papers of John Maynard Keynes at King’s College, Cambridge, microfilmed by Chadwyck-Healey. This microfilm project is a very important addition covering the crucial war years, international negotiations, post-war planning and finance.
JM Keynes

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