Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section

John Maynard Keynes

Papers giving a fascinating insight into the economist John Maynard Keynes have recently been acquired by the Manuscripts Section.

The papers form part of the archive of National Mutual Life Assurance Society, of which Keynes was a director from 1919-1938 (he was also Chairman of the Board from 1921-38). They include extensive correspondence featuring not only the affairs of National Mutual, but also his ideas and views on more general economic issues as well as some more personal correspondence. They also contain copies of his speeches to the National Mutual AGMs, which became important events in the economic and City calendar.

The papers were presented to the Manuscripts Section, having previously been stored in the National Mutual Assurance Society offices at Hitchin, Hertfordshire. The collection has been catalogued as Mss 34401-584 and is available for consultation, although 24 hours notice is required for access. Our catalogue is available on the City of London Corporation's internet pages (Address:

Keynes' letters are available in the series of directors' correspondence files (Guildhall Library Ms 34486/5). Please note: the Keynes' papers require proof of identity, something which gives name, address and signature.

Last updated September 2009


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