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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Dean
DEAN, Sir Maurice (Joseph) (1906-1978)
Created 1919-1978
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
12 boxes or 0.12 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1906; educated at St Olave's School and Trinity College, Cambridge; Mathematical Tripos Part 1 1926, Part 2 1928, Mayhew Prize; began career in the Civil Service as Assistant Principal, Air Ministry, 1929; Assistant Under Secretary of State, 1943; Deputy Secretary, Control Office for Germany and Austria, 1946; Deputy Under Secretary of State, Foreign Office (German Section), 1947-1948; Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Defence, 1948-1952; Third Secretary, HM Treasury, 1952; Second Secretary, Board of Trade, 1952-1955; Permanent Under Secretary of State, Air Ministry, 1955-1963; Second Secretary, HM Treasury, Nov 1963 - 1964; Joint Permanent Under Secretary of State, Department of Education and Science, Apr - Oct 1964 with responsibility for universities and research; Permanent Secretary at the newly created Ministry of Technology, 1964-1966; retired from the Civil Service, 1966; Director of British Printing Corporation, 1966-1971; co-opted, member of Cambridge University Appointments Board, 1957-1960; member Cambridge University Women's Appointments Board, 1963-1976; Chairman, London Advisory Board, Salvation Army, 1968-1976; Visiting Professor, Department of Administration, Strathclyde University, 1966-1976; Councillor, Bedford College, University of London, 1972-1976; Honorary Doctor of Laws Strathclyde University, 1970; died 1978.

Posthumous publication: The Royal Air Force and two World Wars, foreword by Sir Arthur Travers Harris (London, Cassell, 1979).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1980.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The collection consists primarily of master copies and research papers for Dean's book on the RAF, The Royal Air Force and two World Wars, foreword by Sir Arthur Travers Harris (London, Cassell, 1979). The research papers contain Dean's correspondence on aspects of RAF history with leading RAF personnel of the period before and during World War Two, in particular with ACM Sir Arthur Travers Harris with comments by him on the text of Dean's book, particularly on sections relating to Bomber Command. There is also a correspondence between Harris and MRAF Sir Charles Frederick Algernon Portal over the issue of bombing targets. Also included are extensive research notes from Public Record Office files and from secondary sources. The collection includes a paper written by Dean on dynamics and optics, 1928; papers relating to the development of airships and the crash of the R101 airship dating from Dean's initial period at the Air Ministry, 1929-1943; texts of lectures and seminars relating to the Civil Service given by Dean at the University of Strathclyde and other colleges and entries and related papers compiled by Dean for the Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, Oxford).

System of arrangement

The papers are arranged in sections according to chronology and subject matter. The speeches relating to Dean's work in the Civil Service are arranged according to date.

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 Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This detailed Catalogue, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Oxford University: Nuffield College Library holds Dean's correspondence (1940-1945) with Dr Frederick Alexander Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell of Oxford, Ref. Cherwell papers.

Publication note

Oxford University: Nuffield College Library holds Dean's correspondence (1940-1945) with Dr Frederick Alexander Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell of Oxford, Ref. Cherwell papers.



Decorations: KCB, KCMG

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.

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  • Air transport
  • Air warfare
  • Aircraft
  • Armed forces
  • Authors
  • Central government
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Civil service
  • Communication personnel
  • Government
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military aircraft
  • Military aviation
  • Military engineering
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Public administration
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Transport
  • Vehicles
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Harris, Sir, Arthur Travers, 1892-1984, Knight, Marshal of the Royal Air Force
  • Portal, Charles Frederick Algernon, 1893-1971, 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford, Marshal of the Royal Air Force

Corporate names

  • RAF, Royal Air Force

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