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Foundations of British Sociology Archive

An archive of papers, printed materials, drawings, photographs and lantern slides from the Sociological Society, LePlay House, the Institute of Sociology and several smaller subsidiary groups, all part of the early sociology movement in Britain. It includes a large quantity of survey material gathered on study tours and field meetings run across Britain and Europe, as well as the papers of prominent members Victor and Sybella Branford and Alexander and Dorothea Farquharson.

The archive also includes papers and correspondence relating to key activists and opinion-shapers such as Francis Galton, Patrick Geddes, H.G. Wells and Lewis Mumford, on themes such as the responsibilities of the state and the citizen, planning urban development, the position of women, the role of technical education, local government reform, regionalism, the co-operative movement, rural society, and the family. Researchers will find valuable materials on the origins of modern British sociology, and related social sciences such as social psychology, cultural geography, town planning and demography.

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