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Papers of Professor Roger Davidson

Identifier: Coll-1497

Scope and Contents

The collection of Papers of Professor Roger Davidson is composed of his material used in the preparation of two of his books: The Sexual State: sexuality and Scottish governance 1950-80 (Edinburgh: EUP, 2012), and Illicit and Unnatural Practices: The Law, Sex and Society in Scotland since 1900 (Edinburgh: EUP, 2019). See the box lists for more details.


  • Creation: 2000s-2010s (creation of notes and research material themselves)
  • Creation: 1880s-1980s (date of source material)


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Conditions Governing Access

Some of the material is closed due to Data Protection restrictions. Please contact repository in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Any copies of material from publisihed sources, and from other institutions cannot be reproduced.

Biographical / Historical

Roger Davidson M.A., Cert. Ed., Ph.D, F.R.Hist.S. is Professor Emeritus in History at Edinburgh University. He was born in 1942. He graduated in history from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge in 1964, where he also undertook his doctorate during 1967-70. He was appointed to a Lectureship in Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh in 1970, and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1984, Reader in 1996, and to a Personal Chair in Social History in 2002. Davidson is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a former Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and a registered practitioner of the Higher Education Academy. He was editor of Social History of Medicine from 2000 to 2004 and a former member of the Scottish Records Advisory Council.


10 boxes

Physical Location

Coll-1497/1: CLX-D-30 and CLX-A-1270 to 1278.

Coll-1497/2: CLX-A-1670 to 1676.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material acquired from donor in October 2013, and in March 2019. Accession no: E2013.63; and SC-Acc-2019-0043.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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