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Field Notes, 1959-1963

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4

Scope and Contents

Typed summaries of interviews arranged into four categories as per the original order of the material: Residents; Non-residents; Schools; Residents of the same six-storey block. These summaries are synopses of discussions and more formal interviews conducted by the SERU researchers Geoffrey Hutton, Molly Harrington, Roy Cox and Monica Rushforth. Eileen Hutton, secretary to the Unit, also produced some summaries. They include observations made by the interviewers on the interviewees behaviours, surroundings and interactions, a technique known as "process recording".

The field notes were intended to form the basis for the following studies: Long term family and neighbourly conclave studies; Resettlement; Stair and Balcony Relations; Aspiration Study; Adolescent Identity and Career Choice; School Organisation and Image.

Where files are on restricted access the contents have been summarised in the Scope and Content field. Care has been taken to differentiate between comments made directly by the interviewees and observations made by the interviewers. The following abbreviations have been used: INTVEE - interviewee; INTVER - interviewer.

The following subject headings have been used: Housing; Rented Housing; Housekeeping; Leisure; Interior decoration; Child rearing; Contraception; Medical care; Occupations; Finance, personal; Leith; Neighbours; Family violence.


  • Creation: 1959-1963

Conditions Governing Access

Public access to these records is governed by UK data protection legislation. Whilst some records may be accessed freely by researchers, the aforementioned legislation means that records conveying personal information on named individuals may be closed to the public for a set time. Where records relate to named deceased adults, they will be open 75 years after the latest date referenced in the record, on the next 1 January. Records relating to individuals below 18 years of age or adults not proven to be deceased will be open 100 years after the latest date recorded in the record, on the next 1 January.

Please refer to individual items for closure periods.


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The original order of these summaries has been maintained. Please note that within each individual file the summaries are physcially arranged in reverse order.

Related Materials

For further information on the studies and fieldwork please refer to "Social Environment in Suburban Edinburgh", G. Hutton, 1975 available in the Universtiy Library.


Repository Details

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