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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
NEWTON, Professor Arthur Percival (1873-1942)
Created [1914-1938]
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes or 0.02m3


Name of creator(s)

Newton, Arthur Percival, 1873-1942, Professor of History

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1873; educated King Edward's School, Birmingham, and King's College, London; Assistant Lecturer in Physics, King's College London; Lecturer in Imperial and Colonial History, King's College London, 1914-1918; Rhodes Lecturer, University and King's College, London, 1914-1918; Secretary of Imperial Studies Committee, University of London, 1914-1918; Organiser of Imperial Studies Committee, Royal Empire Society, 1914; visited universities of the US and the British Dominions under the auspices of the Universities Bureau of Empire and the Institute of International Education, 1919-1920; Rhodes Professor of Imperial History, King's College London, 1920-1938; member of the Governing Committee of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 1921; Vice-President of the Historical Association, since 1924; Vice-President, Royal Historical Society; Visiting Professor in the University of the Punjab and Reader in the University of Calcutta, India, 1928-1929; retired 1938; died 1942.

Publications: The principals of training for historical investigation (Calcutta, 1929); The establishment of responsible government in Cape Colony, 1870-1872 ; A short history of British colonial policy revised by Newton (Methuen and Co, London, 1932); editor of Vols 41-43 of Calendar of state papers, colonial series (London, 1860-); The English-American (Routledge and Sons, London, 1928); introduction to Letters from early New Zealand (Private, Plymouth, 1936); editor of Imperial studies (London, 1927-); editor of The Empire and the future. A series of Imperial Studies lectures delivered in the University of London, King's College (Macmillan and Co, London, 1916); A hundred years of the British Empire (Duckworth, London, 1940); A junior history of the British Commonwealth and Empire (Blackie and Son, London and Glasgow, 1933); An introduction to the study of colonial history (1919); editor of Federal and unified constitutions. A collection of constitutional documents for the use of students (London, 1923); Newfoundland to 1783 (1930); editor of Select documents relating to the unification of South Africa (Frank Cass and Co, London, 1968); The beginnings of English colonisation, 1569-1618 ; The British Empire to 1783 (Methuen and Co, London, 1935); The colonising activities of the English puritans (1914); The European nations in the West Indies, 1493-1688 (A and C Black, London, 1933); editor of The great age of discovery (University of London Press, London, 1932); editor of The Imperial Studies series (J.M. Dent and Sons, London and Toronto, 1917-1919); The old Empire and the new (1917); editor of The sea commonwealth and other papers (1919); editor of The staple trades of the Empire (1918); The universities and educational systems of the British Empire (W Collins Sons and Co, London, [1924]); editor of Travel and travellers of the Middle Ages (Kegan Paul and Co, London, 1926); United States and colonial developments, 1815-1846: Anglo-American relations during the Civil War (1923); The British Empire since 1783 (Methuen and Co, London, 1929); editor of Empire builders (1920); editor of The Cambridge history of the British Empire (University Press, Cambridge, 1929-1959); Calendar of the manuscripts of Major-General Lord Sackville...preserved at Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent (London, 1940-).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Draft and notes for a history of English public finance were presented to the College by Professor David Beers Quinn, Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of Liverpool, in 1980. The remainder of the collection was transferred from the Department of History, King's College London, by Professor Peter James Marshall, Emeritus Professor of Imperial History, in 1984.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Draft and notes, [1914-1938], for a history of English public finance from the later medieval period to the Stuarts, mostly abstracted from sources at the Public Record Office, London. Notes, [1914-1938], on various topics, notably economic aspects of New Zealand, 1836-1845, Senegal and Gambia, 1737-1804, trade on the Gold Coast, Africa, 1750-1800, and the functions of the Board of Trade, 1744-1807.

System of arrangement

The papers are arranged in sections as outlined above.

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 purposes only. Requests to publish original information should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Box list available online and in hard copy in the College Archive reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives holds the papers of Professor Peter James Marshall, which contain an obituary of Newton (Ref: K/PP8).

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, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • African history
  • Economic history
  • Economics
  • English history
  • European history
  • Finance
  • Historical periods
  • History
  • International trade
  • Medieval history
  • National history
  • Public finance
  • Trade
  • Trade (practice)

Personal names

  • Newton, Arthur Percival, 1873-1942, Historian

Corporate names

  • Department of Trade
  • King's College London College Archives
  • Public Record Office


  • Gambia, West Africa, Africa
  • Ghana, West Africa, Africa
  • New Zealand, Oceania
  • Senegal, West Africa, Africa

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