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Department of Social Work, 1918-1957

 Sub-Fonds — Container: EUA Acc.2011/002 (extracted from EUA DRT.96/011)
Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S2

Scope and Contents

Material relating to Edinburgh School of Social Study and Training and subsequent Departments of the University of Edinburgh. Includes minutes, student records, teaching material, course prospectuses and annual reports. Also includes material relating to a survey of mental health carried out in Dumfriesshire in the 1940s by Dr Mayer Gross of the Crichton Royal Hospital and Marjorie Brown, Nora Milne's successor as head of School of Social Study.


  • Creation: 1918-1957


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Biographical / Historical

The Edinburgh School of Social Study and Training was established in 1918. Based in university buildings at 16 Chamber Street, the school delivered three courses: Social Ethics; Social Economics; Personal and Public Hygiene. In 1922 a University Diploma replaced the School Diploma and in 1928 the School was fully transferred to the University becoming the Department of Social Study and Training. Nora Milnes who had been Director of the School continued in her post until she was succeeded by Marjorie Brown in 1951, who herself retired in 1964. During this time the department began offering Certificates in Psychiatric Social Work, Medical Social Work and Child Care, enabling students to specialise in a particular field. The Department became known as the Department of Social Administration on the appointment of John Spencer as Chair in 1967, having had Dr Molly Gregor and Megan Brown as Directors in the interim period. A generic Diploma in Social Work was offered from 1970 replacing all previous Certificates and Diplomas. A Masters in Social Work has been offered since 1990.


1 box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Arrived as part of EUA DRT.96/011. This material was accessioned as EUA Acc.2011/002.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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