Harrison, Brian (15 of 25). Oral History of Oral History
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Harrison, Brian, 1937- (speaker, male)
Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)
Part 15: [Session four: 24 April 2012] Transcribing and summaries. Secretaries were there for college business. Card indexes initially. Used manual systems from 1961-97. Since then computer-ised. In 1992 used a grid as well as filing. 300,000 cards so problematic to digitise. Use newspaper sources in last few years. Issues if dialect. Raph Samuel would have been interested In this. [10:15] Used newspapers from 1967 to teach PPE. Had to learn quickly. By 1979 reading four newspapers a day. Looks for relevant articles and takes cuttings mainly of social and economic history. Taught at St Hildas and was described as Harrison of the wider horizons. Mentions Keith Thomas and his envelopes. Describes how he developed categories. Discussed with his wife about codes for categories. Used them from 1974. [20:30] Mentions the support of his wife. Describes himself as a workaholic. No dis-tinction between work and pleasure. Describes his wifes career worked for Robert Maxwell, and the Cabinet Office as Deputy to the Chief Scientist . the Medical Research Council then worked for 9 years at the Wolfson Foundation.
Life story interview with Brian Harrison, original committee members of the Oral History Society and Emeritus Professor of history at University of Oxford.