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HOMAN, Ruth: Scrapbooks and albums

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 106 10/08
Held at: Women's Library
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Full title: HOMAN, Ruth: Scrapbooks and albums
Date(s): [1890]-1905
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 albums
Name of creator(s): Homan | Ruth | fl 1870s-1900s | ne Waterlow | member of the London School Board
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Ruth Homan was the daughter of Sir Sydney Waterlow, (1822-1906), first baronet, Lord Mayor of London and philanthropist. She took classes at the South Kensington School of Cookery and underwent basic nursing training at St. Bartholomew 's Hospital, London. In 1873 she married Francis Wilkes Homan but was widowed in 1880. Mrs Homan was elected to serve on the London School Board in 1891. She served as Chairman of the Tower Hamlets Divisional Committee and also as Chairman of the Domestic Subjects Sub-committee. By 1902 she was also Vice-chairman of the Industrial Schools Committee. In these capacities, Mrs Homan endeavoured to promote the teaching of cookery, laundry work and homecraft. She was also active in related organisations such as the Poplar Board School Children's Boot and Clothing Help Society, of which she was treasurer, and the London Schools Dinners Association.


Scope and content/abstract:

Scrapbooks of press cuttings, printed material and photographs relating to Ruth Homan's career as a member of the London School Board (London County Council). It includes an album of press cuttings and albums of photographs of domestic science teaching / domestic service training in the London area showing classrooms, girls at school and some photographs of girls and boys playing.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In 2008 the two photograph albums were repackaged into one album to meet its preservation needs.

Conditions governing access:

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

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

'Presented by Mrs Glover'.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Women's Library also holds the Records of the National Federation of Women's Institutes (5FWI), Papers of Ethel DM (Robin) Robson (7EDR), Papers of Margaret E Pillow (7MEP), Scrapbook [of Cécile Matheson] (10/36) Scrapbook [of Lucy Adela Jenner] (10/15), Scrapbook of Press Cuttings : domestic (general) (10/40).

The Women's Library holds the following records which as at 2008 were uncatalogued. The Records of the UK Home Economics Federation (6UKH), the Records of the Institute of Home Economics Institute (6IHE) (these two bodies merged in 2001); and the successor body the Records of the Institute for Consumer Sciences (6ICS). London Metropolitan Archives hold the records of the Gordon House School Isleworth.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
This document was generated by Javascript from an HTML form which structured the input according to the elements of ISAD(G) Version 2. Enhanced collection description by Teresa Doherty, The Women's Library, Jul 2008, full itemised catalogue by Jennian Geddes, volunteer, Jul 2008. 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:
Dec 2008

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