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HARVEY, Audrey, 1912-1997, charity worker

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 HARVEY
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: HARVEY, Audrey, 1912-1997, charity worker
Date(s): [1960]-1996
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 12 boxes
Name of creator(s): Harvey | Audrey | 1912-1997 | charity worker


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1912; educated at Oxford University; spent World War two in occupations consistent with her pacifist convictions, including voluntary work in one of the newly created Citizens Advice Bureaux; permanent worker at the Poplar Citizens Advice Bureaux, East London, 1955-1969; wrote a series of influential articles and pamphlets about housing, social security and homelessness; advised Jeremy Sandford on the TV drama-documentary Cathy come home, 1965; Founder Member, Child Poverty Action Group, [1965], with particular interest in the defects of the benefits system; First Director, Citizens' Rights Office, Child Poverty Action Group, 1970-1972; independent Lay Advocate for local authority tenants in county court eviction proceedings, [1972-]; died 1997. Publications: Tenants in Danger (Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1964); Remedies for rent arrears: a study in the London Borough of Camden (Shelter, London, 1979).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Audrey Harvey, [1960]-1996, mainly comprising drafts of articles, offprints, correspondence and press cuttings relating to social welfare, housing, and homelessness.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

Closed until listed.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Most documents may be photocopied.

Finding aids:


Archival Information

Archival history:

Given by the family in 1997.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

The BLPES holds further material relating to Audrey Harvey in the papers of AEGIS (Ref: AEGIS/1/5) and the Fabian Society (Ref: Fabian Society/E28/5 and G54/1).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 2000

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