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British Library of Political and Economic Science

MCINTOSH, Mary, b 1936, sociologist


Reference code(s): GB 0097 MCINTOSH

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: MCINTOSH, Mary, b 1936, sociologist

Date(s): 1960-1991

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 25 boxes

Name of creator(s): McIntosh | Mary | b 1936 | sociologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1936; educated High Wycombe School and St Anne's College, Oxford University; graduate student in sociology, University of California at Berkeley; Assistant Research Officer, Home Office Research Unit, 1961-1963; Assistant Lecturer, 1963-1965 and Lecturer, 1965-1968, in Sociology, University of Leicester; founded Leicester Campaign for Racial Equality; Member, Executive Committee, British Sociological Association, 1967-1971 (Teaching Committee, 1975-1977); Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Borough Polytechnic (now South Bank University), 1968-1972; Founder Member, National Deviancy Conference, 1968-1975; Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University, 1972-1975; active member of Women's Liberation Movement; Founding Member of Editorial Board and first Editor, Economy and Society, 1972-1978; active member of the Gay Liberation Front, [1970-1973]; Lecturer, 1975-1980, and Senior Lecturer, 1980-1996, in Sociology, University of Essex; Head of Sociology Department, 1986-1989, and member of Senate, 1977-1980 and 1994, University of Essex; Member, Policy Advisory Committee to the Criminal Law Revision Committee, 1976-1985, on matters relating to sexual offences; Founding Member, Editorial Collective, Feminist Review, 1978-1994; Member, Board of Directors, Lawrence and Wishart (Publishers), 1981-1985; Visiting Professor, Carleton University, Ottowa, Canada, 1985; Visiting Lecturer, University of Kuopi, Finland, 1993. Publications: editor of Deviance and social control (Tavistock, London, 1974); editor of Sex exposed: sexuality and the pornography debate (Virago, London, 1992); co-writer of The anti-social family (NLB, London, 1982); The organisation of crime (Macmillan, London, 1975);


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Dr Mary McIntosh, 1960-1991, mainly relating to gay and feminist politics, notably scrapbooks and correspondence relating to a House UnAmerican Activities protest made by McIntosh and others whilst at the University of California, Berkeley, 1960; material relating to the National Deviancy Conference, 1968-[1975]; magazines and cuttings relating to the international homophile movement, [1965], including Arena Three; material relating to the Women's Liberation Movement, including papers collected at Women's Liberation and Soc-Fem conferences, 1971-1981, as well as papers, newsletters and booklets concerning the Women's Liberation Independence Campaign (WLIC), 1975-1979, the Fifth Demand Group (who campaigned for the financial and legal independence of married and cohabiting women), and Rights of Women (ROW), 1979-1980; material relating to McIntosh's work with the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), 1970-1973, including minutes and notes of meetings, newsletters, and copies of Come Together, Lunch and Gay News; papers collected from conferences with feminist input, 1976-1982, notably the Socialist Feminist Forum; magazines and pamphlets relating to feminism, gay and lesbian politics and socialism, [1970]-1981, including WIRE, Red Rag and Scarlet Woman; papers relating to the Prostitutes' Safe House Project, Camden, 1984; minutes, press cuttings and mailings of the Feminists Against Censorship (FAC), 1989-1991; left and anarchist pamphlets collected within the GLF and the WLM, [1970-1973], including material relating to the Angry Brigade.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:


Conditions governing access:

Apply to Archivist.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright retained by donor and their heirs. Most documents may be photocopied.

Physical characteristics:

Some of the material is in a poor condition and will need careful handling.

Finding aids:

Box list available.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given by Mary McIntosh in 1996.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The British Library of Political and Economic Science holds the papers of the GLF (Ref: HCA/Gay Liberation Front) and John Chesterman (Ref: HCA/Chesterman).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: biographical information provided by Mary McIntosh. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Jan 2001

Gay liberation movement | Liberation movements | Political movements
Socialism | Collectivism | Political doctrines
Womens liberation movement | Liberation movements | Political movements

Personal names
McIntosh | Mary | b 1936 | sociologist

Corporate names
Angry Brigade | anarchist group
Feminists Against Censorship (FAC)
Fifth Demand Group | for the financial and legal independence of married and cohabiting women
Gay Liberation Front (GLF)
House UnAmerican Activities Committee
National Deviancy Conference
Prostitutes' Safe House Project, Camden
Rights of Women (ROW)
Socialist Feminist Forum
University of California, Berkeley
Women's Liberation Independence Campaign

Berkeley | California | USA | North America