DC/BB Papers of Basil Bernstein

Identity Statement
Reference code: GB/366/DC/BB
Title: Papers of Basil Bernstein
Dates of creation: 1950s-1990s
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 25 boxes; 4 lever arch files

Biographical history:Basil Bernstein (1924-2000) was educated at Christ's College, Finchley, London. After War Service in the RAF, he went on to study Sociology at the London School of Economics, graduating in 1951. Meanwhile he also undertook social work, being a resident Settlement worker at the Bernard Baron Settlement, Berner Street, Stepney, London from 1947-1949 where he undertook family case work, youth club work, community organisation and participated in 'delinquent camps'. He went on to train as a teacher at Westminster Training College (1953-1954) and then taught a range of subjects at the City Day College, Golden Lane (1954-1960), becoming a Research Assistant at the University College London (1960-1963) and obtaining a PhD from the University of London in 1963. From 1962 to 1967 Bernstein was a Reader in the Sociology of Education at the University of London Institute of Education, being Head of the Sociological Research Unit from 1962 and Professor in the Sociology of Education from 1967. From 1979 he was the Karl Mannheim Professor in the Sociology of Education at the Institute and from 1984 was Senior Pro-Director and Pro-Director Research. After his retirement in 1991 Bernstein became an Emeritus Professor. He held honorary degrees from several different universities. Bernstein was influential in the field of socio-linguistics. His published works, in particular the five volumes of the series on Class, Codes and Control, have become classics in the field.

A complete bibliography of Bernstein's publications is in preparation. Please note that as work on his papers progresses, further additions and corrections will be made.

Content and Structure
Scope and content: Papers of Professor Bernard Basil Bernstein from the 1950s and 1960s include: notes; lecture notes; published and unpublished papers; research grant applications; a small amount of correspondence; and personalia, including certificates. Later papers (from c1980 onwards) consist of correspondence with colleagues and students worldwide about research and other matters; files relating to research proposals and the administration of research and teaching at the Institute of Education; offprints of published articles and unpublished papers by Bernstein and others.

Subject terms: Sociolinguistics; Sociology

Personal names:Bernstein, Bernard Basil (1924-2000)

Corporate names: University of London. Institute of Education, 1987-

Conditions of Access and Use
Access conditions: Generally available for study, though papers containing personal data are subject to closure.
Finding aids: Draft list.