McDougall Trust

Promoting public understanding
of electoral democracy

McDougall's collections of historic Archives and related materials


NB: As of January 2023 the storage of McDougall's collections is under review and temporarily none of the material is readily accessible. Please direct all enquiries regarding access via email to us at:

McDougall's collections of historic archives and related materials hold extensive and unique items on electoral issues, that have been confirmed to be of historical importance by the National Archives.

Holdings include books, pamphlets, journals, extensive press cuttings, personal correspondence other printed material, and archives, dating from the mid nineteenth century onwards on voting systems and elections, electoral reform and proportional representation, suffrage and other related constitutional issues.  

Many of the materials stem from or are associated with the Proportional Representation Society (PRS), founded in 1884, the predecessor of the Electoral Reform Society (ERS).  These include extensive records of the work of successive chief officers of the PRS, and of Enid Lakeman OBE, the distinguished former director of the ERS and a noted pioneer in the study of voting systems and their effects.

The more unusual items include:

Holdings also include a set of Reform Acts from 1832 to 1884, and a number of reports on elections held during the 1990s in emerging democracies, Commonwealth countries being well represented.


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