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Scrapbook pages [of Edith How Martyn]: 'Women's war work'

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 106 10/13
Held at: Women's Library
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Full title: Scrapbook pages [of Edith How Martyn]: 'Women's war work'
Date(s): 1915-1921
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Martyn | Edith | 1875-1954 | nee How | suffragist and advocate of birth control


Administrative/Biographical history:

Edith How-Martyn (1875-1954) nee How, mathematician, suffragist and birth control campaigner, was an early member of the Women's Social and Political Union, one of the founders of the Women's Freedom League in 1907 and the first female member of the Middlesex County Council (1919-1922). She was also the founder of the Birth Control Information Centre in 1929 and remained active in this movement, along with establishing the Suffragette Fellowship in 1926. At the outbreak of the Second World War she moved to Australia and due to ill-health remained in that country until she died in 1954.


Scope and content/abstract:

Scrapbook of loose pages onto which have been pasted press cuttings, mainly from the national press, concerning women's work during the First World War.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

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:

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

Archival Information

Archival history:

It is uncertain whether Edith How Martyn was herself the creator of these pages, although it seems probable.

Immediate source of acquisition:

These pages are inscribed with the following: 'Presented to the LSWS [London Society for Women's Service] by Edith How Martyn'.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Women's Library holds further notebooks and scrapbooks of Edith How Martyn in per personal papers (7EHM); as well as archives related to How-Martyn, containing items such as correspondence by her, including: Women's Freedom League (2WFL); Women's Tax Resistance League (2WTR); a number of letters by her are in the Autograph Letter Collection (9/01, 9/03, 9/08, 9/20 and others). Letters by How-Martyn can also be found in the archives of Hugh Franklin (7HFD), Mary Ann Rawle (7MAR). Several photographs of How-Martyn can be found in The Women's Library Photograph and Postcard Collections.

The Oriental and India Office Collections of the British Library hold the diaries and papers (1926-40) of How-Martyn (reference: MSS Eur D 1182). Her correspondence with Margaret Sanger is held in the University of New York's Margaret Sanger Papers Project archive. Further correspondence is in Eileen Palmer's papers related to birth control (c1930-40, reference Coll Misc 0639) held by the London University's British Library of Political and Economic Science. Her letters to Vida Goldstein are amongst the Bessie Mabel Rischbieth papers in the Australian National Library (Coll. 2004).

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. Collection description by Jennifer Haynes, Head of Special Collections, The Women's Library, Aug 2002. Fawcett Library Catalogue by Penny Baker [and VD] 28 Jan 1992. 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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