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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GRAVESON, Professor Ronald Harry (1911-1991)
Created 1923-1988
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
40 boxes or 0.40m3


Name of creator(s)

Graveson, Ronald Harry, 1911-1991, Professor of Law

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 2 Oct 1911; educated at King Edward VII School, Sheffield; Bachelor of Laws (LLB Honours), 1932, and Master of Laws (LLM), 1933, University of Sheffield; Gregory Scholar in International Law, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1934; awarded Harvard Doctorate of Juristic Science, 1936; Assistant Lecturer, King's College London, 1938; served with the Royal Army Service Corps, 1940-1946; PhD (Laws), University of London, 1941; called to the Bar by Gray's Inn, 1945; Reader in English Law, University College London, 1946-1947; Professor of Law, King's College London, 1947-1974; LLD, University of London, 1951; Dean of the Faculty of Laws, University of London, 1951-1954, 1972-1974; Dean of the Faculty of Laws, King's College London, 1951-1970; LLD, University of Sheffield, 1955; Master of the Bench of Gray's Inn, 1965; Queen's Counsel, 1966; Commander of the Order of the British Empire, (CBE), 1972; Professor of Private International Law, King's College London, 1974-1978; retired, 1978, Professor Emeritus of Private International Law; died 5 January 1991.

Publications: Examination note-book of the English legal system, including a history of judicial institutions (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 1939); The conflict of laws (Sweet & Maxwell, Stevens & Sons, London, 1948) (7th edition, 1974); Cases on the conflict of laws (Sweet & Maxwell, Stevens & Sons, London, 1949); Status in the common law (Athlone Press, London, 1953); A century of family law (1857-1957) with Francis Roger Crane (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 1957); The comparative evolution of principles of the conflict of laws in England and the USA (1960); Comparative aspects of the general principles of private international law (1963); Law: an outline for the intending student (Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1967); The Uniform Laws on International Sales Act 1967 with E. J. Cohn and Diana Graveson (Butterworths, London, 1968); Problems of private international law in non-unified legal systems (1975); One law: on jurisprudence and the unification of law (North-Holland Publishing Co, Amsterdam, Oxford, 1977); Comparative conflict of laws (North-Holland Publishing Co, Amsterdam, Oxford, 1977); general editor of Problems in private international law (1977).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented by the Graveson family via the School of Law, 1992.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers, 1929-1988, containing articles relating to law by Graveson, correspondence with academic institutions and publishers concerning Graveson's articles, reviews by Graveson of others' work, texts of lectures and addresses given by Graveson, contributions to various law committees and law conferences, Graveson's notes taken as a law student, and papers of the Commonwealth-American Legal Studies course, 1959-1965. Printed material, 1923-1977, including books and articles by Graveson, and law reviews, journals and periodicals collected by him, many relating to legal education. Theses, 1935-[1957], containing various drafts and manuscripts of Graveson's theses, including chapters written by Graveson for A century of family law (1857-1957) with Francis Roger Crane (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 1957).

System of arrangement

Arranged in three main sections: 'Law Papers', 'Printed Material', and 'Theses'. 'Printed Material' is further sub-divided into 'Text Books' and 'Other Publications', and 'Other Publications' into 'Legal Education' and 'Others'.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College, London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogue available in the reading room of the College Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Feb 2000

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  • Book reviews
  • Communications media
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational levels
  • Examinations
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Information sciences
  • Legal education
  • Legal profession
  • Literary criticism
  • Literature
  • Periodicals
  • Publications
  • Student evaluation
  • Theses
  • Universities
  • Vocational education
  • Written examinations

Personal names

  • Crane, Francis Roger, b 1910, Professor of Law
  • Graveson, Ronald Harry, 1911-1991, Professor of Law

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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