Qualidata Resource Centre

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Deposits to date comprise tape cassette recordings and transcripts of interviews.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Qualidata Resource Centre, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, aims to locate, assess and document social science qualitative data and arrange for their deposit in suitable public repositories. It was set up in the 1990s with funding from the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) following a pilot study which found that 90 per cent of social science qualitative research data was either already lost, or at risk. As the existing Data Archive (founded at the university in 1967) dealt only with machine-readable (largely statistical, quantitative data) it was felt that a separate body was needed to deal with qualitative data which, until recently, has continued to be paper-based.

Reference: Qualidata Resource Centre, 'About Qualidata', [Online] Available: http://www.essex.ac.uk/qualidata/current/backg.htm Accessed 28 June 1999

Conditions Governing Access

Access : see individual deposits

Archivist's Note

A catalogue to fonds level, summarising current Qualidata deposits, is also available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom along with separate box lists, supplied by Qualidata, for the individual deposits.

In June 1996, Qualidata deposited the results of two research projects: Professor Fred Lindop, Trade Unionism in British Docks, 1945-72 (MSS.371/QD7) and Dr Charles Critcher, Coal and Community, 1980s (MSS.371/Coal) .

An authority file exists for the Qualidata Resource Centre (GB 152 AAR1300).

Custodial History

The Qualidata Resource Centre, University of Essex, has agreed to deposit the results of research projects related to the Centre's main areas of interest (industrial relations, industrial politics and labour history) in the Modern Records Centre, unless they focus on a single locality.


  • June 1999, Professor Harold Silver and Dr Mark C Davis, project relating to the Council for National Academic Awards, 1976 (MSS.371/CNAA)
  • August 1999, Professor Richard K. Brown, project on Orientation to work and industrial behaviour of shipbuilding workers on Tyneside, 1968-9 (MSS.371/ship)