Sraffa’s archival material, consisting of over 30,000 pages of content, is housed at the Wren Library, Trinity College, University of Cambridge. It is arranged according to the Wren Trinity convention under the following ‘macro’ conceptual structure of sections:
Most of the recent literature on Sraffa’s archive consults D: Notes, Lectures, and Publications, and to a lesser extent C: Correspondence, E: Diaries, and I: Items removed from printed books. Section D is the most complex and itself divides into three subjections, D1: Notes, D2: Lectures, and D3: Publications. A partial breakdown of this section is in the following table:
|Section D: Notes, Lectures, and Publications|
|D1: Notes (1923-63) (92 sub-groupings)|
|D2: Lectures (1927-43) (8 sub-groupings)|
|D2/1: Lecture notes on economic theory
D2/8: Lectures on Industry
(3 Nov 1927)
(14 May 1929)
|D3: Publications (1920-73) (14 sub-groupings)|
|D3/1: L’Inflazione monetaria in Italia durante e dopo la Guerra||(n.d)
(14 May 1929)
D3/12 Notes on Production of Commodities contains 115 file folders and around 7000 mostly handwritten pages which are archived according to Trinity as D3/12/1 through D3/12/115.
Sraffa’s archival material was subject to an initial inventory and two subsequent independent arrangements, one of which is the Wren Trinity arrangement presented above. Chronologically-speaking Wren Trinity is the later version and the one that archival scholarship uses as its standard convention (Kurz 2009, p.268). Before this there were two separate efforts directed to the papers, the inventory of 1974-5 made by Alessandro Roncaglia and John Eatwell, and the catalogue made in the mid to late 1980s by Krishna Bharadwaj and Pierangelo Garegnani. The history of cataloguing the Sraffa Papers will be the subject of the next posting.
Kurz, H. 2009, Preparing the edition of Piero Sraffa’s unpublished papers and correspondence, Cahiers d’économie Politique / Papers in Political Economy vol. 2, no. 57, 261-278