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STEVENS, Florence C: Memoir

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 106 7FCS
Held at: Women's Library
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Full title: STEVENS, Florence C: Memoir
Date(s): [1909]
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 0.5 A box (1 folder)
Name of creator(s): Stevens | Florence C | b [1890] | suffragist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Florence C Stevens (c.1890-), her sister Eleanor Stevens, and her friend Rose Barry were supporters of the women's suffrage movement. Florence played in the Drum and Fife Band of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) which was formed in 1909, during the summer of which it regularly marched round Holloway Prison to play inspiring music, and also played for special suffrage events and activities. Patricia Woodlock was a member of the WSPU in Liverpool and was repeatedly imprisoned for her suffrage activities. Her release from Holloway Prison after serving three months in Jun 1909 was celebrated by the WSPU by a breakfast in London and receptions in Manchester and Liverpool.


Scope and content/abstract:

The archive consists of a manuscript memoir headed 'Manchester, 19 Jun 1909: Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU) Drum and Fife'. Details journey from London to Manchester and back for the meeting to welcome Miss Patricia Woodlock, provides an account of the meeting, the actions of the police and anti-suffragists, and gives Florence's opinions on the suffrage issue; also contains an account of learning to play the fife with the WSPU Drum & Fife Band and a list of the members of the Band.

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This collection is available for consultation. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

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Collection level description available on-line on the Women's Library website

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in Feb 1978 by Miss Evelyn C Selley, formally accessioned as part of the move to the new building in 2003.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The records of the Women's Social & Political Union are held at the Museum of London.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Finding aid created by export from CALM v7.2.14 Archives Hub EAD2002. Edited for AIM25 by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

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