Moray House Reference Collection

Scope and Content

At present, the collection consists of material relating to Sir Godfrey Thomson:

  • Robertson, Sir James. 'Godfrey Thomson', Godfrey Thomson Lecture, 1964.
  • Thomson, Godfrey. Education of an Englishman, Edinburgh: Moray House Publications, 1969
  • Duff, James. Godfrey Thomson obituary.
  • Proceedings and Papers of the Twelfth International Congress of Psychology at Edinburgh, 1948.
  • Photographic portrait of Thomson, mounted on cardboard
  • 2 letters from Godfrey Thomson to JJ Robertson , in which Thomson asks Robertson to speak with Education students, 1950
  • 'Syllabus of Work' for B.E.d. students, circa 1930's
  • Correspondence between PJ Wallis and WH Brown re: compilation of the Godfrey Thomson bibliography, 1972
  • Assorted Godfrey Thomson bibliographies
  • Assorted correspondence with Godfrey Thomson, 1939-1945 under auspices of the National Committee for the Training of Teachers
  • Godfrey Thomson obituaries (newspaper cuttings)
  • Programme from Godfrey Thomson's retirement dinner, 1951
  • Godfrey Thomson bibliography, with an introduction by Thomson, circa 1947
  • File re: The Godfrey Thomson Portrait fund - includes photos of presentation of portrait (with Thomson) and papers of the Godfrey Thomson Portrait Fund inc. meeting minutes, correspondence, financial statements, receipts, and lists of subscribers to Portrait fund, 1948-1950


Arranged by topic.

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Archivist's Note

This collection is effectively an artificial accumulation of both primary and secondary material relating to Moray House Institute of Education, its predecessors, staff, etc.

Conditions Governing Use

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This collection will be developed with other pertinent reference materials.

Related Material

In Edinburgh University Library Special Collections:

  • GB 237 EUA IN1/ACU/G1, Godfrey Thomson Testing Unit
  • GB 237 Coll-1064, Papers of Walter Ledermann. Contains correspondence between Ledermann and Thomson.
  • GB 237 Coll-86, Papers of W. Fraser Mitchell. Includes two letters of Thomson, to W. Fraser Mitchell, 8 October 1928, 4 January 1944.


  • Collection of correspondence with Sir Godfrey H. Thomson at the University of Adelaide Library, South Australia, being: Correspondence of Sir R.A. Fisher. Calendar of Correspondence with Godfrey H. Thomson (Edinburgh). May 1930 - December 1947. Consisting of 29 letters, including enclosure of letter to Thomson from A.C. Aitken dated 31 May 1931. 4 June 1930, 11 June 1930, 16 January 1934, 27 March 1934, 3 November 1937, 23 July 1940.