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British Library of Political and Economic Science

Women's Industrial Council


Reference code(s): GB 0097 WOMEN'S INDUSTRIAL COUNCIL

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: Women's Industrial Council

Date(s): 1895-1910

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 8 boxes

Name of creator(s): Women's Industrial Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Women's Industrial Council was set up following a conference at Holborn Town Hall in November 1894, and merged with the Women's Trade Union Association, which Clementina Black had helped to form five years earlier. The Women's Industrial Council was incorporated as a non-profit-making organisation in 1910. Its main activities involved making investigations into women's work in order to improve their industrial conditions; monitoring parliamentary reports and legislation; educating industrial workers; work in the fields of unemployment and retraining; the publication of various reports and pamphlets, and the journal 'Women's Industrial News'; and reporting breaches of Factory and Public Health Acts.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence and papers concerning the administration and incorporation of the Council; papers and correspondence relating to surveys concerning Trade Unions, the employment of teachers in hospitals, women admitted to workhouses, schools, and women's trades and conditions; correspondence and papers relating to the Council's Education Committee, and correspondence concerning Lipton Ltd; letter books and other correspondence, and printed material concerning unemployment in other European countries; correspondence and papers concerning technical education; and completed forms and charts relating to the home work survey.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

This collection is arranged in 6 boxes:
A. Correspondence, papers and miscellaneous items, including material on the incorporation of the Council, 1910-1911.
B. Trade Union rule books and related correspondence (survey), c1895-1896, and correspondence about other WIC surveys, including the employment of teachers in hospitals (1902), women admitted to workhouses (1895-1896), schools (1900-1901), women's trades and conditions (c 1906?), c1895-1906.
C. Correspondence and papers mostly concerning WIC Education Committee (c1900-1905), and Lipton correspondence (1901-1902), 1900-1905.
D. Miscellaneous papers and correspondence and printed material, including material on other organisations, 1895-1910.
E. Correspondence and Papers, particularly concerning technical education, c1897-1901.
F. Home work survey, undated.

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Printed handlist and online catalogue available.


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Archivist's note: Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on May 29, 2002

Date(s) of descriptions: May 29, 2002

Interest groups | Groups
Local government | Public administration | Government
Poor Law administration | Public administration | Government
Trade unions | Labour relations
Unemployment | Employment
Womens education | Educational systems
Womens employment | Employment
Womens organizations | Associations | Organizations
Work environment | Working conditions | Conditions of employment | Personnel management | Organization and administration | Health services administration | Public administration | Government

Personal names

Corporate names
Lipton Ltd | City Road, London
Women's Industrial Council

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe