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Papers regarding Hector's development, 1917-1927

Identifier: Coll-1310/1/7

Scope and Contents

  1. Notes by Thomson regarding Hector's progress from 2 weeks to one year, 1917;
  2. List of words that Hector does or doesn't know at age 3 years and 1 month, 1920;
  3. Letter from Hector's headmaster acknowledging Thomson's cheque and regarding how Hector is settling in, 1924;
  4. 2 Otis tests completed by Hector, 1927;
  5. 1 Stanford achievement test completed by Hector, 1927;
  6. 1 General knowledge paper for the Edinburgh Academy, 1930;
  7. 2 Record booklets for the Stanford Revision of the Binet-Simon tests filled in regarding Hector, 1921-1922.

Also includes a photocopied diary charting Hector Thomson's development from the age of 1-10, created by Thomson. This details the development of Hector's knowledge and intelligence, charting how he plays and learns day to day tasks; vocabulary he has acquired; performance in intelligence tests; personality traits; and general health and well-being. The diary reads as though it was compiled after observing Hector, rather than during, and contains information supplied by Lady Thomson and added by Thomson.


  • Creation: 1917-1927


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Conditions Governing Access



4 booklets : 22 leafs, 44pp

14 Leaves : notes (14 leaves, 19 sides)

1 letter : (1 leaf, 2 sides)

1 diary : photocopied diary (83 leafs, 83 sides)

Physical Location


Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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