The Dennis Marsden Collection

Scope and Content

This collection covers the following main works with original data and contextual information; Mothers Alone- Poverty and the Fatherless Family; Salford Slum / Rehousing Study; Mothers and Daughters; ACE Parents & School Survey; Change & Community (contextual papers only); Education & the Working Class; Working Men's Clubs in Huddersfield; Working Class Community; Poverty (Pilot). In total there are approximately 35,000 pages in the collection

Administrative / Biographical History

From 1964 until his retirement in 1999, Dennis Marsden was Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex. This collection comprises what remains of the research papers gathered during the course of his career. His main publications are: Education and the Working Class (1962) and Working Class Community (1968) (both with Brian Jackson); Mothers Alone: Poverty and the Fatherless Family (1969); Workless: Some Unemployed Men and their Families (1975); Scheming for Youth: YTS and the Enterprise Culture (1990) (with David Lee et al).

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