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Papers of Philippa Strachey

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This material is held atThe Women's Library
Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS
Dates of Creation1909-1968
Language of Material English
Physical Description 4 A boxes (34 folders)

Scope and Content

The archive consists of papers relating to organisations and societies with which Philippa Strachey was involved as part of her activities promoting equal pay, employment and training for women. For some she was the representative of the London and National Society for Women's Service (later the Fawcett Society), while others represent her direct work for education (Cambridge University Women's Appointments Board) and employment (the Women's Service; for which is held notes and correspondence with various trade associations).

There is also a series of personal papers and ephemera. These appears to have been collected by Philippa and includes obituaries, notes on the history of the women's suffrage movement, order of service for Millicent Garrett Fawcett's memorial and a typescript of a play by George Bernard Shaw.

Administrative / Biographical History

Philippa Strachey (1872-1968), known as Pippa, was born in 1872 to Lady Jane Maria Strachey and Major Richard Strachey. She was brought up first in India, where her father was a leading figure in the administration, and then in London, where the family moved in 1879. Her mother was active in the movement for women's suffrage and both Philippa and her siblings were encouraged to contribute to this work. In 1906 she became a member of the executive committee of the Central Society for Women's Suffrage and the following year she was elected the secretary of its successor the London Society for Women's Suffrage. In 1906 she joined the London Society for Women's Suffrage, succeeding Edith Palliser as secretary the following year. It was also in 1907 that she joined her mother Lady Jane Maria Strachey in organising what became known as the 'Mud March' at the instigation of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and which went from Hyde Park to the Exeter Hall to demand the vote. During the First World War she was deeply involved in various war works, from being the secretary of the Women's Service Bureau for War Workers to participating as a member of the Committee for the London units of the Scottish Women's Hospital from 1914-1919. This war work began her lasting involvement with the issue of women's employment and she remained the secretary of the Women's Service Bureau after 1918 when it became concerned with helping women thrown out of jobs on the return of men from the Front. She remained there until its dissolution, which came in 1922, caused by a financial crisis in the parent organisation. However, subsequently Strachey helped to found a new group to fill the gap, becoming the secretary and then honorary secretary of the Women's Employment Federation. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, family problems took up much of her time as she nursed both her mother and her brother Lytton until their deaths. However, all through this time she remained active in the London Society for Women's Service and when it was renamed the Fawcett Society in 1951, she was asked to be its honorary secretary. It was that year that she was awarded the CBE for her work for women. She subsequently was made a governor of Bedford College. Increasing ill-health slowed the pace of her work and blindness finally forced her to enter a nursing home at the end of her life. She died in 1968.

Arrangement

Organisational papers are arranged in individual folders for each society or body. Personal papers, which formed part of Acc1987/2 and seem to relate to Philippa, have been kept in their original files and numbered sequentially. Part of Acc 1987/02 was removed to 7BSH in May 2007

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Accession 1987/02 was deposited by Barbara Strachey Halpern in 1987. 1973/NoAccNo04 may also have been deposited by Barbara Strachey Halpern

Custodial History

Barbara Strachey Halpern inherited her mothers papers (Ray Strachey, now at 7BSH) and those of her mother's close friend, sister-in-law and fellow activist Philippa Strachey.

Accruals

7PHS/1, NoAccNo19 2.5 boxes are catalogued, papers dating 1911-1961. 7PHS/2, Acc 1987/02 1.5 A boxes are catalogued, papers dating 1916-c.1940.

Other Finding Aid

Women's Library Catalogue

Related Material

The Women's Library also holds papers related to Philippa Strachey's work, such as the Papers of the Fawcett Society and its predecessors (2LSW Philippa Strachey being active in the London Society for Women's Suffrage and the London Society for Women's Service); the papers of the Women's Employment Federation (reference: 6WEF) and those of the subsequent organisation Careers for Women (reference: 6CFW); and letters across the Autograph Letter collection (especially references: 9/01, 9/09,9/15, 9/18, 9/21 and 9/27); .

The Women's Library also holds Strachey family papers, such as the papers of Lady Jane Strachey (7JMS) and Joan Pernel Strachey (7JPS). Letters of the Strachey family also can be found in the Library's Autograph Letter Collection (9/20).

Personal papers of Philippa Strachey can be found in other collections: personal letters (1930-1950) are in the British Library Manuscript Collections (reference: Add MS 60631), family correspondence (c1870-1928) is held in the Oriental and India Office Collections of the same institution (reference: MSS Eur F 127), and her letters to Leonard Woolf (1941-62) are in Sussex University Library Special Collections (reference: SxMs 13/Pt III).

Subjects

Womens employment
Womens rights
Womens suffrage

Personal Names

Strachey Philippa 1872-1968 feminist activist and organiser
Strachey Rachel Pearsall Conn 1887-1940 nee Costelloe feminist activist and writer
Fawcett Dame Millicent Garrett 1847-1929 feminist and suffragist

Corporate Names

Fawcett Society
Bedford College for Women
National Advisory Centre on Careers for Women

Cataloguing Info

TitleThe Women's Library: Papers of Philippa Strachey
AuthorThe Women's Library
Publication The Women's Library 07/03/2008
CreationFinding aid created by export from CALM v7.2.14 Archives Hub EAD2002

Organisations

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1
Dates of Creation1919-1961
Physical Description 23 folders

Scope and Content

Papers relating to committees and societies on which Philippa Strachey represented the London and National Society for Women's Service


Abbey Community Association

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/01
Dates of Creation1951-1956
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Year books, annual reports, newsletters, circulars, minutes and correspondence


The Association of Special Libraries and Information Bureaux

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/02
Dates of Creation1925-1955
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Annual General Meeting agendas. Includes programme for Secons Aslib conference, programme for 1925-1926 session at University College London's School of Librarianship and notes on the economic information group


London Association of University Women

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/03a
Dates of Creation1951-1955
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Annual General Meeting programmes, bye-laws and notes on the hereditary Hapsburg Lip throughout European monarchies (from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine)


British Federation of University Women

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/03b
Dates of Creation1950-1955
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Parliamentary and public relations sub-committee minutes, papers for consideration at meetings and annual reports


Cambridge University Women's Appointments Board

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/04
Dates of Creation1948-1954
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Minutes and working papers


National Council of Women

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/05
Dates of Creation1951-1955
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Minutes of Annual General Meetings, notes on nominations and papers relating to the Annual Conference and conference on the employment of women over forty


United Nations Association Women's Advisory Council

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/06
Dates of Creation1951-1956
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Agenda, minutes, correspondence and Westminster Branch annual reports. Includes manuscript annual report (1951)


Women's Voluntary Services for Civil Defence

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/07
Dates of Creation1951-1958
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Agenda, minutes, correspondence and leaflets


Women's Advisory Council: Women's Part in Civil Defence

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/08
Dates of Creation18 May 1955
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Papers for a meeting with the Civil Defence Corps


Various organisations

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/09
Dates of Creation1951-1955
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

British-American Associates (1953), British Commonwealth League (1951-1955), Girls of the Realm Guild (1951-1955), Open Door Council (1953); Society for Promoting the Training of Women (1951-1955) and Women's Council cooperating with the women of India, Pakistan and Ceylon (1952-1955)


Royal Commission on Taxation of Profits and Income

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/10
Dates of Creation1951-1955
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Fawcett Society submission 'regarding the position of women in the present system of taxation'. Includes correspondence, notes and related papers


Royal Commission on Civil Service pay and conditions

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/11
Dates of Creation1954
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Fawcett Society submission regarding women in the Civil Service. Includes agenda, minutes, memorandum and press cuttings


Bedford College for Women

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/12
Dates of Creation1951-1961
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Correspondence with members of the College, agenda for Library Committee meetings, agenda and minutes for Governors' Annual General Meetings and memorials for staff and officers


Draft annual report of London and National Society for Women's Suffrage

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/13
Dates of Creation1951
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Noted as missing Jun 1984


Fawcett House

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/14
Dates of Creation1955
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Correspondence relating to the purchase of Fawcett House from Lloyds Bank by the Women's Service Trustees. Includes a manuscript letter to Lord Balfour


Women's Service

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/A
Dates of Creation1919-1921
Physical Description 9 folders

Scope and Content

Manuscript notes on finding employment and voluntary work for women with trade associations, including some correspondence. Letters from the Women's Service are autographed JDH [Jessie D Hamilton], PS [Philippa Strachey] and RS [Ray Strachey].


Associations: A-B

Reference Number(s)GB 106 7PHS/1/A/01
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 106 7PHS/survey2/7.6
Dates of Creation1919-1921
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Association of Manufacturing Chemists Limited

Agricultural Organisation Society

North London Boot Trades Association

Allies Manufacturing and Trading Association

Amalgamated Instrument Makers Society

American Mission

Anglo Italian Commercial Agency

Anti Vaccination League

Anti Vivisection Society

Asbestos Association Ltd

Ashley Trading Co.

The Association of British Manufacturers of Machinery for Printing and Allied Trades

Association of Chemical and General Industries Limited

Association of Engineering and Shipbuilding Draughtsmen

Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, Social Purity Alliance, British Committee of Federation for Abolition of State Regulation of Vice

Association for Prevention of Premature Burial

Automobile Mutual Protection Society (Golf Ball Manufacturing Society)

Percy Ayers & Co. British Manufacturers Association for Spain Ltd.

The Automobile Association

The Bakery Allied Traders' Association Ltd.

Commercial Travellers' Christian Association

Baptist Association

British Archeological Society

British Association of Trade and Technical Journals

British Bee Keeping Association

Association of British Chemical Manufacturers

The Boot and Shoe Manufacturers' Association and Leather Trades Protection Society

British Chemical Trade Association

British Chemical Ware Manufacturers' Association

British Commercial Gas Company

British Dyestuffs Corporation

British Engineer Standards Association

British Engineering Association

British Esperanto Association

British Essence Manufacturers' Association

British Federation for Emancipation of sweated industries

British & Foreign Industrials Ltd.

British Glace Kid Manufacturers

United Tanners Limited of Great Britain and Ireland

British Homeopathic Association

British Hospitals Association

British Institute and Scholarship Fund

British Institute of Social Service

British Key and Property Registry Ltd.

British Manufacturers' Association

British Medical Association

British Merchants' Association

British Optical Association

British Photographic Manufacturers' Association

British Steamship Lines Association

British Sugar Beet Growers Association

British Trades Association

British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection

Broad Plain Soap Works

Report of a Conference on the Position of Women in Industry after the War

British Water Boards Association

Button Manufacturing Association

Building Societies Association


Associations: C

Reference Number(s); GB 106 7PHS/1/A/02
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 106 7PHS/survey2/7.7
Dates of Creation1919-1921
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Calico Printers' Association

Canadian Red Cross

Central Permanent Building Society

Civil Service Supply Association

Coal Smoke Abatement Society

Coffee Trade Association of London

Commons and Footpath Preservation Society

Comrades of the Great War - Women's Section

The Coffee Company

Corporation of Insurance Brokers and Agents

Cottage Nurses Benefit Association

Courier Association

Cuirass Products Limited


Associations: D-F

Reference Number(s); GB 106 7PHS/1/A/03
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 106 7PHS/survey2/7.8
Dates of Creation1919-1921
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Danish Chamber of Manufacturers

Diesel Engineers Association

District Association of School Care Committees

Drug and Fine Chemical Manufacturers

Early Closing Association

Eastern Associated Telegraph Boys

Eastern Merchant and Manufacturing Association

Edith Cavell Homes of Rest for Nurses

Educated Women Help

The Efficiency Club

Emergencies

Employers' Liability Insurance Society

Eugenics Education Society

Engineering and National Employers Association

National Farmers' Union Federated Exports Ltd

Federation of Associations of Iron and Steel Manufacturers

Federation of British Industry

Federation of Engineering and Shipbuilding Trades

Federation of Grocers Association

Famous Players -Laski British Producers Limited

Federation of Iron and Steel Manufacturers

Food Manufacturers' Association

Federation of Master Printers and Allied Trades

Free Trade Union