Research records of Dr Molly Andrews concerning 'The Evolving Revolution' project,1992

Scope and Content

The collection contains reports and interviews recorded on tapes and transcripts produced by DrMolly Andrews, in the course of a research project entitled 'The Evolving Revolution: conversationswith Internal Critics of the former East Germany'. The project involved interviews with critics ofEast Germany or the German Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik, DDR) toreunification in 1990 and the revolutionary events preceding it. The collection includes thefollowing series:

  • Interview recordings on tape cassettes, 1992 (MS 690/1);
  • Interview transcripts, 1992 (MS 690/2);
  • Interview summaries, 1992 (MS 690/3);
  • Report about the project, 1992 (MS 690/4).

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr Molly Andrews is senior lecturer of Psychosocial Studies in the University of East London'sDepartment of Human Relations, with a particular interest in political psychology and the psychologyof patriotism.

'The Evolving Revolution' project aimed to examine the way in which internal critics of theformer East Germany or the German Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik, DDR)interpreted the dramatic changes experienced by the country during and after reunification with WestGermany in October 1990 and the revolutionary events of 1989 that led to it. The project involvedinterviews with 27 German men and women. The interviews were conducted between February and April1992 by Dr Andrews with the assistance of an interpreter. The project was funded by the EconomicSocial Research Council (ESRC).


The collection has been divided by archival type into four series. Within these series, itemshave been arranged chronologically.

Access Information

ACCESS: Access is restricted pending full processing;contact the Department for further advice.

LANGUAGE: English, German

Other Finding Aids

  • This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can only be supplied with permission from the depositor.

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advancein writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

Custodial History

On the project's completion, Dr Andrews deposited the interview transcripts with Qualidata, theUniversity of Essex's qualitative data service hosted by the UK Data Archive, which is an ESRCsupported venture. Qualidata deposited the material with The University of Nottingham's Departmentof Manuscripts and Special Collections in September 1998.

Related Material

  • The University of Essex: Qualidata qualitative data service: Dataset generated by 'TheEvolving Revolution' project. Reference: Q106