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McDougall Trust's Library/Archives

Lakeman Library for Electoral Studies

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McDougall's library and archives collections, including the Lakeman Library for Electoral Studies, hold extensive and unique collections of materials on electoral issues.

Holdings include books, pamphlets, journals, extensive press cuttings and other printed material 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). The Library's name commemorates 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 the emerging democracies, Commonwealth countries being well represented.


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