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Mass Observation

Original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organization, as well as printed publications, photographs and interactive features. A pioneering social research organization, Mass Observation was founded in 1937 by anthropologist Tom Harrisson, film-maker Humphrey Jennings and poet Charles Madge. Their aim was to create an 'anthropology of ourselves', and by recruiting a team of observers and a panel of volunteer writers they studied the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain. This resource covers the original Mass Observation project, the bulk of which was carried out from 1937 until the mid-1950s, offering an unparalleled insight into everyday life in Britain during these transformative years.

Dates of Coverage 1937-1967
Source Types manuscripts, diaries, questionnaires, publications, ephemera, photos, online exhibitions
Source List Contents
Simultaneous users Unlimited
Vendor Adam Matthew

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