Children of the 90s (ALSPAC) adminstrative archive
Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), also known as Children of the 90s, is a world-leading birth cohort study based in the University of Bristol. Over 14,000 children, born between April 1991 and December 1992, and their families, have been intensively observed for over 25 years. The data collected by the study provides a rich resource for the study of the environmental and genetic factors that affect health and development.
While the research data amassed by ALSPAC has long been available to scientists, the extensive administrative archive, (over 1,000 boxes of records), documenting the study from the earliest planning stages to the present has not been generally accessible. Thanks to a grant from the Wellcome Trust this is about to change.
Work on cataloguing the archive commenced in September 2015, following its transfer to the Special Collections section of the Arts and Social Sciences Library. The project is ongoing and, although not due for completion until Spring 2018, we intend to make the collection and series level descriptions of the online catalogue available soon. This should enable researchers to plan their intended use of the archive ahead of the full catalogue’s launch and the records becoming available for consultation.
Use of the archive is subject to approval from ALSPAC and access restrictions will apply to records containing sensitive and personal data. All participant information will be withdrawn from the archive in line with ALSPAC’s strict confidentiality policy. Most post-2005 records will not be available. More detail of these restrictions and access arrangements will be given when the full catalogue goes online.
Contains descriptions of many of our archive collections.