Papers of Professor M.R. Pollock on the Teach-In on Chemical and Biological Warfare

Scope and Content

Most of this archive relates to the Teach-In, including correspondence with speakers, transcripts of talks, and evidence of the event's impact. There are two extra files on Professor Pollock's wider involvement in campaigning, mainly concerning the war in Vietnam.

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor Pollock organised an Edinburgh University Teach-In on Chemical and Biological Warfare, George Square Theatre, 4pm-midnight 24 January 1969. Introduced by Lord Ritchie-Calder, speakers included academics, journalists and politicians. The event was split into four sections: 1 Facts, 2 Ethics, 3 Practical measures and 4 General discussion.


We have retained original order.

Access Information

Available to researchers, by appointment. Access to archive material is subject to preservation requirements and must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation. This Archive contains correspondence and other items likely to contain personal data so access to these files is restricted under the Data Protection Act pending further cataloguing. This will be carried out in response to user demand so individuals are encouraged to inform Special Collections of their interest in this material.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Social Sciences Library before 1975.


This description is 'interim'; it is published as part of our 'First Sort' programme which aims to put basic information about new archives into the public domain as quickly as possible. We will refine and enrich it in response to user demand.

Other Finding Aids

A basic boxlist has been produced to make the Archive accessible as quickly as possible. This will be further refined in response to user demand.

Archivist's Note

Described by Alison Cullingford, July 2015, using ISAD (G) 2.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be supplied or produced at the discretion of Special Collections staff, subject to copyright law and the condition of the originals. Applications for permission to make published use of any material should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian in the first instance. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


No further accruals are expected.

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