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JACKSON, Mary Alexandra (1905-1977)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 106 7MAJ
Held at: Women's Library
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Full title: JACKSON, Mary Alexandra (1905-1977)
Date(s): 1956-1997
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 0.5 A box
Name of creator(s): Jackson | Mary Alexandra | 1905-1977 | nee Telford | teacher and voluntary worker
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Mary Alexander Jackson (1905-1977) was born Mary Telford in Abergavenny in 1905. She studied French and History at Aberystwyth University, later going on to become a member of the British Federation of University Women and becoming involved in the movement to establish playgrounds for children in urban areas. In the 1920s she met John Jackson who, in 1928, went to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to become a surveyor. She followed in 1929 in order to marry him. They had three children who moved around the island with them continually in the course of John Jackson's work. They remained there until the outbreak of the Second World War, then Mary Jackson and her children were evacuated to Natal in South Africa. The whole family returned to Cambridge in 1948. Mary Jackson became employed teaching French nearby in Cottenham Village School and took part in a large number of voluntary organisations such as the Children's Playground Association which she founded in 1949. She became particularly involved in the National Council of Women at both a local and a national level. She was the local chair for three years, and during the 1950s was one of the twelve representatives of the NCW on the government commission sent to West Germany to study women's voluntary work there. She also retained an interest in the welfare of African women in the United Kingdom and was active in trying to organise centres for their use. She died in 1997.


Scope and content/abstract:

The archive consists of a typescript biography and curriculum vitae (1997); correspondence (1956-1987).

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

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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Finding aids:

Fawcett Library Catalogue

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

These papers were given to the Fawcett Library in 1997 by Mrs Jackson's daughters, Dilys and Dinah.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Women's Library holds the records of the International Council of Women (5ICW). London Metropolitan Archives holds the records of the National Council of Women.

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.

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