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Fred Clarke Collection


Education in Britain, History, Philosophy, Sociology.


10 m.

Scope and content

This is the personal library of Sir Fred Clarke (1880-1952), who was the third director of the IOE. He was the Advisor to the Overseas Students in 1935 before taking over as Director from 1936 until his retirement in 1945. His professional career was very wide-ranging, including periods of teaching in Exeter and York and then at universities in Cape Town, South Africa and in Montreal, Canada. He also undertook numerous advisory and committee roles with, for example the National Union of Teachers, the British Council and the National Foundation for Educational Research. Clarke advocated for the preservation of democracy at a time when the far right and fascism were on the rise in Britain and Europe. The collection represents his interests in education theory, history, philosophy and sociology. It includes books dating from the-late 19th to mid-20th century.


The collection was donated to the IOE by his daughter, Claudia.


A printed catalogue of his library is available at the IOE Library. The books can be viewed under supervision in the  IOE Reading Room