CURRENT TOPICS

DOIhttp://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9485.1959.tb00118.x
Publication Date01 Nov 1959
CURRENT
TOPICS
BUSINESS
HISTORY
AN
increasing number
of
histories of business concerns are being written not
only to mark important events in a firm's growth but as important contribu-
tiws to economic history. Yet too often many are still written by those with
no adequate training or experience for what is really
a
specialised
task.
Busi-
ness history need not, indeed probably should not, be confined to professionals
but, if the present serious interest in
the
subject is to be maintained,
a
greater
measure of agreement on its aims is urgently required. To try to achieve this,
and to raise standards in this field, the Historical Association recently pub-
lished as
No.
59 in their series of Helps for Students of History
a
pamphlet
on
Business History
by
T.
C. Barker, R. H. Campbell and P. Mathias with a
section on Business Accounts by
B.
S.
Yamey (price
5s.;
3s.
6d. to members).
This pamphlet has two basic aims-to state some of the principles which
should govern the writing of business history and to indicate the remarkably
wide field of sources which should be used in the task. All business historians
and any firm considering the possibility of having its own history written
will find much to guide and help them here.
THE BURN
The
programme for the tenth annual conference of the economists of
the Scottish Universities at 'The Burn,' Edzell, fro? the 13th to 15th Sep-
tember included papers by Professor
T.
Wilson on Inflation,' Peter Pearce
(Edinburgh) on
'
Automahc Stabilisem,' Malcolm Gray (Aberdeen) on
'
The
Scottish Herring Industry in the 19th Century,' Christopher Savage (St.
An-
drews) on the
'
The Current Economic Situation.'
BRANCH MEETlN
GS
At the time of going to press the following programmes had been ar-
ranged for the coming winter by the local branches. Local secretaries (to
whom enquiries and suggestions should be directed) will be issuing notices to
members in their areas.
EDINBURGH
(Secretary:
Dr. M.
T.
Rankin,
20
Lygon Road, Edin!urgh 9)
24th October,
1960
At
27
Queen Street.
7.45
p.m. Investment Management
'
-Ian
F.
Peat, Investment Manager, National Commercial Bank of Scotland,
Ltd.
7th
Dyember,
1960
In the University Staff Club, Chambers Street, at
7.45
p.m.
Measuring and Comparing Business Parformance '--L. Taylor Harring-
ton, M.A., Assistant Director, Centre
of
Inter-Firm Comparison.
3rd February,
1961
'
The
Economics of Scientific Research '-Professor
C.
F.
Carter, University
of
Manchester.
March,
1961
(date to be fixed+Lord Robbins, University
of
London.
GLASGOW
(Secretary:
M.
Gaskin, D.F.C., Department of Political Economy, The Uni-
versity, Glasgow, W.2.)
27th October,
1960
'
The Control
of
Public Expenditure '-Professor Alan
T.
Peacock. University of Edinburgh.
23rd February,
1961
'
The Cost of Justice '-Professor A.
E.
Anton, Univer-
sity of Glasgow.
It
is
hoped to arrange other meetings the details of which, as well as the
times and venues
of
the above meetings,
will
be communicated to members
later.
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