Handyside, John Duncan (1923-2005) Papers

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About this work


This collection relates mainly to Handyside's activities in personnel management. There is relatively little on the early part of his career, but his years with Standard Telephone and Cable are well documented, including his continued connection following his retirement. There are a number of studies and analyses which Handyside undertook for particular organisations or occupational groups. There is correspondence with colleagues, professional bodies, periodicals, etc from the 1950s to the 1990s, and some lectures and other papers by Handyside. There is also some material by other hands: articles and unpublished papers, tests and related manuals, etc.



Physical description

14 boxes


1 Personalia
2 Professional activities (outside STC)
3 Standard Telephone and Cable
4 Correspondence
5 Lectures, papers, etc by JDH
6 Miscellaneous materials by other hands
Other number refers to the numbering system used by the previous owner, the British Psychological Society.

Acquisition note

Deposited in the library at Wellcome Collection by the British Psychological Society in September 2008.

Biographical note

Handyside graduated with a first class degree in psychology and after a period in naval selection joined the National Institute of Industrial Psychology to research the selection, training and motivation of supervisors in industry, sponsored by the Medical Research Council. He left NIIP in 1961 to join Standard Telephones and Cables (STC), where he became Vice-President Personnel and built up a formidable team of experts in assessment. He had a prodigious knowledge of the stock market. By the age of 50 he had amassed an impressive portfolio of investments. Iin 1976 he announced his early retirement from STC to become a "Gentleman of Leisure", although he continued to consult for STC and run training courses, and undertook a variety of freelance project. He was enthusiatic for the latest developments in computers and the challenges of raw data for multivariate analysis including Catell's 16PF measure.

Biographical details by David C.Duncan taken from The Psychologist, Vol.18 No.6, June 2005

Terms of use

The material is available in the Rare Materials Room subject to the usual conditions of access. Some files have access restrictions which are explained in the item-level catalogue records.

Ownership note

Transferred to History of Psychology Centre in 2005 by Brown Cooper Monier-Williams, Solicitors


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Accession number

  • 1611