The Brian Jackson Collection

Scope and Content

This collection comprises 200 boxes containing papers, diaries, reports, correspondence, press cuttings, publications and a small quantity of qualitative research material arising from Brian Jackson's life work. The material is arranged thematically and covers the following topics: 'Socialist martyrs'; ethnicity and world affairs; working-class community; fatherhood; under-fives (childminding); Open University; education and mass media.

Administrative / Biographical History

Brian Jackson graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in English. This collection comprises what remains of the research papers gathered during the course of his career. He taught and undertook research in primary schools for four years, publishing Streaming: An Education System in Miniature (1964), and then studied working class children moving through grammar school (Education and the Working Class 1962, with Dennis Marsden) and finally helped to establish the National Extension College. He was Founder and Director of the Advisory Centre for Education, publishers of Where, for several years, and a teaching member of the English faculty at Cambridge. His books include Working Class Community (1968) with Dennis Marsden, Childminder (1979) with Sonia Jackson, and at the time of his death in 1982, he had just completed Fatherhood.

Access Information

By written application to either the Librarian or Deputy Librarian. A letter of introduction may be required and prospective users will be obliged to sign an undertaking outlining the terms and conditions of access to the research materials.


Entry compiled by John Southall of Qualidata, UK Data Archive, University of Essex using entries from the NSPSCA information pack and Qualidata's online catalogue.

Record entered by Nadeem Ahmad of Qualidata, UK Data Archive, University of Essex.

Conditions Governing Use

No part of the NSPSCA collections may be reproduced, published, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the Albert Sloman Library. This may be obtained by application to the Librarian or Deputy Librarian.


The materials held in the collection contain personal and identifying information. It is essential that the privacy of all respondents is not infringed. No real names or any other identifiable information used in the studies may appear in public. No attempt may be made to contact respondents directly. Use of the materials to derive information relating specifically to an identified individual or to claim to have done so is prohibited.

Appraisal Information

In consultation with academic colleagues, the library special collections acquisitions staff evaluate collections by assessing their relevance to the teaching and research interests of the University.

Custodial History

The collection was acquired and prepared for archiving by Qualidata in 1999 and deposited in the NSPSCA in 2002.


Additional material is not expected.

Additional Information

National Social Policy and Social Change Archive (NSPSCA), Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex