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Alfred Marshall and Herbert Somerton Foxwell: a tale of two libraries

For several decades from the 1880s, Alfred Marshall and Herbert Somerton Foxwell constituted the mainstay of Cambridge economics teaching, even though the first had originally been the teacher, and the second the pupil, in this economics teaching association at Cambridge. Both also shared the same college, St John’s, and engaged in an extensive and fascinating correspondence, the greater part of which is now published (Whitaker 1996). The purpose of this chapter is, however, not to look at this long-enduring Cambridge partnership in economics teaching for the moral sciences, or at other features of their friendship,1 but to briefly examine the libraries these two economists built up, and which ‘both’2 continue to make contributions to the study of economics. The first section of this chapter looks at Marshall’s library, still part of, and the foundation for, the library of the Economics and Politics Faculty at Cambridge University which bears his name. The next section looks at Foxwell’s substantial collections, which provided the core first for the Goldsmiths’ Library, now at the University of London, and subsequently for an important segment of the Kress Collection housed in the Baker Library at Harvard, in that other Cambridge across the Atlantic. A final section draws some conclusions.