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A37 Abbott, Walter Hugh Alexander, 1948-1959

 File — Box: SW 8
Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S2/8/1/26

Scope and Contents

Diploma in Social Study 1951. File contains: Enrolment form; correspondence and notes relating to the student's admission interview and enrolment; correspondence. Details of practical placements can be found at the back of the file and include: A report from Alex Nicholson, Niddrie District of Edinburgh Council of Social Service where Abbot was required to undertake home visiting, interviewing applicants and officials and general office administration. Abbott is described as "an indefatigable worker and a courteous, unselfish and thoughtful colleague...very interested in people"; a report from D C Forrester, The United Wire Works Ltd, Granton where Abbott was required to study 43 wire drawing machines to see if by modification the production per man hour could be increased "that he was able to obtain the necessary information from people who were extremely busy, is an indication of his tact and sound judgement"; a report from Tom Burns, Department of Social Study, relating to Abbott's interviews of factory workers as part of a study of labour turnover; a report from Robert Edgar, Senior Probation Officer, Edinburgh and Midlothian Counties, where Abbott attended the Burgh and Sheriff Courts and also the High Court for the hearing of a murder trial, and visited and interviewed ten offenders.

The title of his thesis was "The Extent Functions and Problems of Statutory Wage Control" [NB a copy of this does not survive in the file].


  • Creation: 1948-1959


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Files will be open 85 years after the latest date referenced in the file, on the next 1 January. If a file is restricted but the student concerned is known to be deceased, or to have been born more than 100 years ago, then access may be granted following a screening process to check for third party data relating to living individuals Researchers may be required to sign a data protection declaration.


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