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JOSEPHY, Frances L, 1900-1984, Liberal activist

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 JOSEPHY
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: JOSEPHY, Frances L, 1900-1984, Liberal activist
Date(s): 1918-1960
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 46 boxes
Name of creator(s): Josephy | Frances L | 1900-1984 | Liberal activist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1900; educated at Seymour Lodge School in Dundee, St Andrews University and Newnham College, Cambridge University; research secretary to the Parliamentary Radical Group; joined National League of Young Liberals, 1924, serving as Honorary Secretary, Vice-Chairman and President (1939), and representing the NLYL on the Liberal Party Executive; British Representative, Committee of the International League of Young Liberals, Radicals and Democrats, 1931-1939; fought six elections as Liberal Parliamentary candidate, in Winchester, 1929, Basingstoke, 1931, Devizes, 1935 and 1945, and Cambridge City, 1950 and 1951; Member, Women's Press Club, [1947-1960]; joined Federal Union, 1939, elected to Executive Committee and Chairman, 1941-1945; edited Federal News, 1944-1946; Member, Central Committee, European Union of Federalists, 1946-; Member, Executive Committee, European Movement; Member of Political Commission, Council of Europe, 1948; attendee at Consultative Assembly, Council of Europe, 1948-1960; became freelance International Conference Translator, Reviser and Précis-Writer, 1951-1956; worked for 9 years as a reviser for the Assembly of Western European Union in Paris, the World Veterans Association and the North Atlantic Assembly; died 1984.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Frances L Josephy, 1918-1960, mainly comprising material on Europe and the Liberal Party, including committee minutes, reports and accounts of the Federal Union, 1940-1960; Federal Union publications, 1938-1964, including Federal News; committee minutes, correspondence and papers of the European Union of Federalists, 1946-1959, of which Josephy was the British representative; papers relating to the European Movement, 1947-1952; material relating to meetings of the Council of Europe and the Europa Union, 1949-1954; notes for speeches given by Josephy, 1939-1951; manuscripts, published articles and letters, 1940-1957; Liberal Party papers relating to her attempts to become an MP, especially concerning the problems of women candidates.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as given in the Scope and Content.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by the British Library of Political and Economic Science.

Finding aids:

Temporary handlist and on-line catalogue of the European papers available.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given by Marianne Bormann in 1985.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The British Library of Political and Economic Science also holds the papers of Federal Trust/Union (Ref: Federal Trust).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
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:
Nov 2000

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