Collection RM - Rosalind Mitchison Collection

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Rosalind Mitchison Collection


  • 20th century (Creation)

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approx 10 linear metres

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Born 11 April 1919 in Manchester, 'Rowy' Mitchison was the daughter of a mathematician and the grand-daughter of a historian. She was educated at the Dragon school, Oxford, Channing school, Highgate, and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she graduated with a double first. In 1947, she married the scientist Murdoch Mitchison, a son of the writer Naomi Mitchison and later professor of zoology at Edinburgh University. After a variety of teaching and lecturing jobs in English universities, in 1953 Rowy moved to Edinburgh with her husband, who had been appointed to a lectureship. She herself began teaching part-time in what became the department of economic history, and developed an interest in the history of Scotland, on which she contributed a number of landmark publications. She was professor of social history from 1981 to 1986. Mitchison died in Edinburgh 19 December 2002 Source:

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Rosalind Mitchison Collection


Not expected

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Usually chronological within series.

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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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