Intellectual History Archive

Institute of Intellectual History

Patricia James on Malthus

Patricia James (1917-1987) was a historian and biographer of Thomas R. Malthus. The papers in the James archive contain research, conducted from about 1961 onwards, which resulted in the publication of three major works on Malthus: The Travel Diaries of T. R. Malthus (Cambridge University Press, 1966); Population Malthus: His Life and Times (Routledge, 1979); and the posthumously published two-volume variorum edition of An Essay on the Principle of Population (Cambridge University Press for the Royal Economic Society, 1990).

Author Files
Author Files
These files were created while Patricia James was working on her biography of Malthus, and are organised in terms of authors who were contemporaries and critics of Mathus.
East India College Files
East India College Files
Various files pertaining to East India College where Malthus became Professor of History and Political Economy in 1805, including notes on those who taught, worked or studied there, exam papers, and correspondence.
Malthus Biography Files
Malthus Biography Files
While many of the later files in this catalogue were generated during Patricia James's research for her biography of Malthus, this set of files centres on Malthus himself, the Malthus family, and his published works.
Obituary of Patricia James
Obituary of Patricia James
First published by Donald Winch in the History of Economic Thought Newsletter in Spring, 1987. This obituary has been slightly modified at the end to accommodate facts that were not known at the time.
Population Variorum Files
Population Variorum Files
These files were created while Patricia James was editing her variorum edition of the Essay on Population.
Topic Files
Topic Files
These files were also created while Patricia James was researching her biography of Malthus, but they deal with various topical questions on which Malthus and his contemporaries wrote.
Travel Diaries Files
Travel Diaries Files
Files pertaining to research by Patricia James on Malthus's travel diaries, which would eventually form the basis of her first publication in 1966.