Collection JD - Jackie "Dear Doctor" Archive

Identity area

Reference code

GB 1534 JD


Jackie "Dear Doctor" Archive


  • 1973 - 2009 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

2 archival boxes

Context area

Name of creator

(c. 1973-1984)

Administrative history

The “Dear Doctor” column, published in the weekly girl’s magazine Jackie, was a Q&A style piece that answered girl’s questions relating to physical and mental health. The demographic of the magazine was 10-14 year olds, and questions sent in covered topics from appearance, to diet, to depression, to puberty, to sex education. Due to the anonymity of both the supplicant and the response, the column acted as a source of medical information on all subjects for young girls who, for whatever reason, were hesitant to reach out to their parents or GP. The letters were answered by Doctor Elizabeth Proudfoot, a GP in Dundee.

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Scope and content

Collection consists of letters sent in to Jackie magazine to be answered as part of the "Dear Doctor" column, ephemera, and the papers of Doctor Elizabeth Proudfoot.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


No further accruals expected

System of arrangement

Letters arranged alphabetically by subject.

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Language of material

  • English

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    Description identifier

    GB 1534 JD

    Institution identifier

    GB 1534

    Rules and/or conventions used

    ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000)



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    Dates of creation revision deletion

    Created by Kate Aitkenhead, February, 2022


    • English



      Dr Kenneth Macaulay's dissertation

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