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Scrapbook [of Mrs Spencer Graves] relating to women's suffrage

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 106 10/05
Held at: Women's Library
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Full title: Scrapbook [of Mrs Spencer Graves] relating to women's suffrage
Date(s): 1905-1928
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 1 A box (1 volume - 99 pages)
Name of creator(s): Graves | Beatrice Mary | d 1950
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Beatrice Mary Graves (-1950) née Leake was the daughter of Robert Leake MP of The Dales, Whitefield, Lancashire. In 1882 she married the Hon W Spencer Paget Graves, a Commander in the Royal Navy, and was widowed in 1909. She was, from 1910, Honorary Treasurer of the London Society for Women's Suffrage. She died in 1950.


Scope and content/abstract:

This scrapbook consists of press cuttings and ephemera. The album is subtitled 'The Fight as I saw it' and is subdivided into two sections: 1905-1918 and 1918-1928. In addition to press cuttings, the earlier section includes a rich collection of suffrage ephemera comprising a wide range of material: a paper rosette worn in a procession, tickets, invitation cards, a serviette, pamphlets, programmes, postcards, stamps and fliers. The later section covers subjects such as women's work in the First World War, Scottish Women's Hospitals, women in Parliament and obituaries of Emily Davies. It consists mainly of press cuttings and printed ephemera but also included are postcards of the Bimbo Toy Factory; a postcard of 'The London Suffragist' ambulance; and an original photograph of Emily Davies. Also included are two letters from Millicent Garret Fawcett to Mrs Graves.

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This collection is available for research. 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

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Allied Materials

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The Women's Library holds 2 letters of Mrs Spencer Graves in the Autograph Letter Collection (9/01/0571 and 9/01/1094) and there is further correspondence amongst the records of the London Society for Women's Suffrage (2LSW/1/E/2/35). A photographic postcard of the Scottish Women's Hospital at Reni, 1917, was removed by the Visual Materials Indexer, Veronica Perkins, in 1989 and is now TWL.2002.665 in the Postcard Collection.

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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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