Collection RU 857 - Learning Disabilities Archive

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RU 857


Learning Disabilities Archive


  • c 1970 - c 1990s (Creation)

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Extent and medium

20 linear metres

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Archival history

This material was held in the Department of Social Work, Gardyne Road Campus, University of Dundee. It was moved to the archive when the University left the campus buildings.

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Scope and content

Includes cassette tapes of subject interviews, transcripts, questionnaires, articles and research data.This material relates to several key research projects undertaken to explore intellectual disability, looking specifically at the issue from the perspective of adolescents and young adults. The first of these projects related to the Aberdeen Learning Disabilities Cohort dataset and was completed by S. A. Richardson in 1972-1977. The second was called the Tayside Special Education School-Leavers project and was completed by May and Hughes in the 1980s. The final project, Experiencing Adulthood, was undertaken by May and Hogg and completed in the 1990s. More detail about these projects can be found in RU 857/4.


Not expected

System of arrangement

Usually chronological within series.

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Conditions governing access

Clinical information is closed for 100 years. Other records 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.

Conditions governing reproduction

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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The records are on paper and cassette tape.

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Description identifier

RU 857

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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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