Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Mass Observation Online

Mass Observation Online can now be accessed from StarPlus, the Library catalogue. Use the University Collections tab to search for 'Mass Observation Online' and follow the link to 'View Online'. You may be prompted to log into MUSE if you are not already logged in. 

Mass Observation Online is a database that provides access to digital images of materials kept at the Mass Observation Archive, which is located at the University of Sussex. The archive holds all of the materials produced by Mass Observation, a social research group that was established in 1937.  Mass Observation aimed to understand the popular views of the British general public towards everyday activities and topics as well as national events.  The information was generated from and by volunteers who were observed, interviewed and asked to record their everyday experiences.

The material in the collection dates from between 1937 and 1949, although there is some additional material dating from the 1950s and 1960s.  The archive has also preserved other collections that relate closely to the Mass Observation materials, such as personal diaries and letters from the same period.  Users can choose to search the entire collection or only the materials that have been digitised and are available online.  The types of material available include:

File reports , which summarise the studies conducted by the group
Mass Observation publications
The raw material collected by the investigators, including survey papers and questionnaire replies
Material submitted by volunteers including diaries

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