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Women's Suffrage (also includes postage stamps): (Autograph Letter Collection)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 106 9/01
Held at: Women's Library
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Full title: Women's Suffrage (also includes postage stamps): (Autograph Letter Collection)
Date(s): 1851-1973
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 21 A boxes (21 volumes - 1434 items)
Name of creator(s): Various
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:



Scope and content/abstract:

The collection contains correspondence of Philippa Strachey, Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Lady Balfour and Vera Douie amongst others concerning suffrage meetings, speeches given, subscriptions paid, response to press coverage, circular letters, suffrage processions and parliamentary progress.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

9/1/A 1851-1894 9/1/B1 1895-1906 9/1/B2 Apr-Dec 1906 9/1/B2/2 1906-1908 9/1/B3 Jan-Jun 1907 9/1/B4 Jul-Dec 1907 9/1/C 1908 9/1/D Jan-Feb 1909 9/1/E Mar-Jul 1909 9/1/F Aug-Oct 1909 9/1/G Nov-Dec 1909 9/1/H1 Jan-May 1910 9/1/H2 Jun-Aug 1910 9/1/H3 Sep-Dec 1910 9/1/J1 1911 9/1/J2 1912 9/1/K 1913-1914 9/1/L 1915-1917 9/1/M 1919-1937 9/1/N 1938-1953 9/1/O 1954-1973.

Conditions governing access:

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit. Available on microfiche only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids:

Abstracts of individual letters in the autograph letters collection were written and held alongside the letters. This work was done from the 1960s by volunteers including Nan Taylor. In 2004 Jean Holder completed a 3 year project to list the letters, copy-type the abstracts, and repackage the letters to meet preservation needs. In 2005 Vicky Wylde and Teresa Doherty proof read and imported the entries to the Special Collections Catalogue.

The original card index of all correspondents, including date of letter and volume reference, is available on the microfiche.

Archival Information

Archival history:

This collection consists of letters taken from various sources and filed individually in ring binders. The original source of the item (often from archive collections) is not generally indicated.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

All collections within The Women's Library Strand 2 relate to women's suffrage. Furthermore, personal papers of prominent suffragists, e.g Millicent Garrett Fawcett (7MGF), Emily Wilding Davison (7EWD) are held at The Women's Library. Other Collections within Strand 9 which may be of interest include 9/02 General Women's Movement, 9/03 Emancipation of Women, 9/09 Suffrage and Women in Industry, 9/13 Mrs Harriet McIlquham, 9/20 The Militants, 9/28 Becker Collection, 9/29 Billinghurst Letters.

Publication note:

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.

Date(s) of descriptions:

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