Intellectual History Archive

Institute of Intellectual History

About the Archive

The Intellectual History Archive was launched in February 2016, although some items within it have previously been available at the Institute of Intellectual History website. The Archive signals the interest of the University of St Andrews in preserving the history of intellectual history as a discipline over the course of the 20th century and beyond.

Intellectual Historians

The papers of the following intellectual historians are currently featured in the Archive.

James H. Burns
Professor James Henderson Burns (1921-2012) was Emeritus Professor of the History of Political Thought, University College London and the first General Editor of the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. Amongst Professor Burns’ papers, which have been donated to the University of St Andrews, are many unpublished research articles, teaching materials, undergraduate essays, and the text of all six Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Aberdeen in 1994.

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István Hont
István Hont (1947-2013) was University Reader in the History of Political Thought at King's College, University of Cambridge. Dr Hont's papers have been donated to the University of St Andrews, which will also hold the István Hont Memorial Library. The Hont archive features research notes and teaching materials, texts of lectures and presentations, and previously unpublished essays.

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Patricia James
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). The papers are the property of Donald Winch.

Browse the Patricia James on Malthus Collection

Helmut Pappe
Helmut Pappe (1907-1998) was Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sussex and was one of several faculty who contributed to the foundation of intellectual history as a distinctive subject there. Pappe’s major scholarly interest was the study of the life and works of Jean-Charles-Léonard Simonde de Sismondi, and his archive contains several substantial but hitherto unpublished essays on Sismondi. Pappe's papers are held at the University of Sussex.

Browse the Helmut Pappe on Sismondi Collection

Donald Winch
Donald Winch is Professor Emeritus of Intellectual History at the University of Sussex and Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews. The Winch archive covers a remarkably wide area of research in intellectual history from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, and encompass the political and economic ideas of a variety of authors in Britain, Europe and North America. The papers have been generously donated by their author.

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Site Management

The Intellectual History Archive is a project developed by the Institute of Intellectual History and the University of St Andrews Library. The following members of staff and faculty take an active role in the Archive's development and direction. Enquiries may be sent to the following address:

Richard Whatmore
Richard Whatmore is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews and director of the Institute of Intellectual History.

Patrick McCann
Patrick McCann is Applications Developer in the Research Computing Team, Digital Research Division, University of St Andrews Library.

Lasse Andersen
Lasse Andersen is a PhD Candidate in the School of History at the University of St Andrews.


We are grateful to the following people for their contributions and support for the Intellectual History Archive: Donald Winch, Anna Hont, Keith Tribe, Michael Burns, Philip Schofield, David Coates, Matt Johnson, Martyna Mirecka, Peter Price, Sam Walton.