National Social Policy and Social Change Archive
The National Social Policy and Social Change Archive, was set up in October 1996 by Qualidata
with support from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the University of Essex. As well as
preserving existing collections, the Archive seeks to identify the raw data arising out of
contemporary studies broadly relating to social policy and social change and to encourage their
deposit. The Archive was officially opened in October 1997 by Professor Peter Townsend. A workshop
was held entitled 'Revisiting Peter Townsend: Social Policy Research and its Re-use'
and in 2001 a symposium was organised by ESDS Qualidata on
Celebrating Classic Sociology: Pioneers of Contemporary British Qualitative Research, at which many of the following data
depositors presented experiences of their own research. An edited collection of the papers was published in the
International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Theory and Practice: Special Issue - Celebrating Classic Sociology: Pioneers of Contemporary British Qualitative Research
which offers a fascinating insight into the dynamics, politics and realities of doing social research.
Search the ESDS Qualidata catalogue for a listing of NSPSCA collections
(currently 37 collections). This search may take some time.
The collection includes a range of well-known pioneering classic studies from the social sciences, including:
Elizabeth Bott and James Robb - SN 4852 -Family and Social Network : Roles, Norms and External Relationships in Ordinary Urban Families, 1930-1953
John H. Goldthorpe et al - SN 4871 -Affluent Worker in the Class Structure, 1961-1962
Brian Jackson - SN 4870 -Brian Jackson Collection, 1962-1983
Annette Lawson - SN 4858 -Adultery : an Analysis of Love and Betrayal, 1920-1983
Jan Pahl - SN 1670 -Coping Responses to Marital Violence : a Longitudinal Study of Women Who Sought Help From a Refuge, 1976-1980
Ray Pahl - SN 4876 -Social and Political Implications of Household Work Strategies, 1978-1983
Ray Pahl - SN 4864 -Managers and Their Wives: a Study of Career and Family Relationships in the Middle Class, 1965-1967
Paul Thompson - 100 Families: Families, Social Mobility and Ageing, an Intergenerational Approach
Paul Thompson - SN 2000 -Family Life and Work Experience Before 1918, 1870-1973
Peter Townsend - SN 4723 -Family Life of Old People, 1865-1955
Peter Townsend - SN 4756 -Katharine Buildings, 1885-1962
Peter Townsend - SN 4750 -The Last Refuge, 1958-1959
Peter Townsend - SN 4758 -Old People in Long-stay Institutions, 1965-1970
Peter Townsend - SN 4760 -Papers of the Child Poverty Action Group, 1965-1998
Peter Townsend - SN 1671 -Poverty in the United Kingdom : a Survey of Household Resources and Standards of Living, 1967-1969
All the datasets form part of the Albert Sloman Library
Special Collections at the University of
Essex. The materials are paper based and authorised copies are permitted as copyright is retained
by the University of Essex. Consultation is by appointment only. Where possible collections are already digitised,
or are currently being digitised, in order to increase their potential accessibility. In such cases the collections
are deposited with and made available through the UK Data Archive. A selection has also been loaded into the online
data browsing system, ESDS Qualidata Online.
The collection is growing and further details of holdings are given in our online catalogue.
Information on select collections can be found in the NSPSCA publicity available from ESDS Qualidata.
There is also a downloadable PDF version of this brochure.
All enquiries about these papers should be directed to ESDS Qualidata, firstname.lastname@example.org