War-time Social Survey Papers, 1940-1941 (Mary Burns)

Scope and Content

Copies of papers, mainly instructions, etc. for interviewers.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1940 Mrs Mary Burns worked for the War-time Social Survey (for an introduction to which, see SxMs 12).

Access Information

The collection is open to all bona fide researchers, by appointment only, telephone or email a week in advance of your intended visit. Researchers must abide by the conditions protecting the collection.

Acquisition Information

Donated in 1994 by Mary Burns, to the Mass-Observation Archive Trust which deposited with the University of Sussex.


Prepared by John Farrant, September 2002.

Other Finding Aids

A handlist is available in the Library.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction conditions vary. Please consult the Head of Special Collections.

Related Material

Papers of other former staff of the War-time Social Survey, while run under the auspices of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and before being assimilated into the Ministry of Information, are in:

SxMs 12, War-time Social Survey, 1940-1941 (anonymous and S. Clement Brown),

SxMOA 17, War-time Social Survey, 1940-1941 (Frederick Brown). See also:

SxMOA 4, Mary Adams Papers (Mary Adams was Director, Home Intelligence, Ministry of Information, 1939-41).

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