Papers of Professor Charles Ryle Fay

Papers of Professor Charles Ryle Fay (1884-1961), Reader in Economic History at Cambridge University and formerly of the University of Toronto, Ontario. Comprising mainly correspondence, transcripts, research and other working notes, the collection bears witness to Professor Fay’s academic interests in the economic history of 19th Century England, and in particular, to English relations with Newfoundland and on such influential individuals as Adam Smith (1723-1790), Edmund Burke (1729-1797) and William Huskisson (1770-1830). Included can be found a mass of material concerning Newfoundland and Labrador including a war office volume of 1792 from St John's, Newfoundland, on trade and fisheries and notes detailing the actions of Sir Hugh Pallister, Governor of Newfoundland, 1762-66. There are also personal letters of Professor Fay relating to Newfoundland and various articles on the history of the Canadian National Railway Company in Newfoundland, 1952-3. Other material includes: notes pertaining to the changes in the development and management of the Newfoundland seal fishery based firm, Job Brothers & Co., 1944-53; transcript notes ''The economy of the modern fishery" detailing research in Newfoundland in the 1950s. Fay's other working papers contain: detailed background notes relating to William Huskisson and treaty-making for the period, 1786-1830 including transcripts of letters addressed to William Pitt; papers and notes on the commercial treaties between Britain and Latin America, 1825 to 1834; notes based on manuscripts from the Auckland Papers containing correspondence addressed to Lord Auckland, 1768-1827. There is a handwritten notebook, 1932-41, detailing factory life in Spitalfields in the early part of the 19th century including sections on agriculture, industry and regulations; another relates to the Old Board of Trade and its duty to expand commercial policy in the late 18th century - it includes sections on the proceedings of the Grains Committee, 1868-78, and on the 1828 Lords Committee reports on the game laws.


The principal strength lies in the wide and varied range of the working papers assembled by Professor Fay.

Physical characteristics

c.1,000 items, c.1930-c.1960, comprising a range of volumes and documents and occupying 22 PRONI boxes.

Description or Catalogue

See PRONI reference D/1571 for catalogue of the papers. The catalogue is available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.


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