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THM/211 - Theatre Girls Club
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Theatre Girls Club

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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211
Dates of Creation 1916-1961
Name of Creator Mrs Edward Compton (Virginia Bateman)
Language of Material English
Physical Description 17 files

Scope and Content

This collection includes account books, minute books, room allocation registers, and correspondence relating to The Theatre Girls Club.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Theatre Girls Club was founded by Mrs Edward Compton (Virginia Bateman) in 1914 to provide reasonably priced and sheltered temporary accommodation for young actresses, especially during rehearsals (which were not always paid at that period) or when they were looking for work. The club originally opened in Little Portland Street, but in 1916 it moved to the site of the Soho Club and Home for Working Girls at 59 Greek Street, Soho. The club flourished through to the 1950s, but fell into disuse in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance's Reading Room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, Olympia, London, W14 0QX. The Reading Room is open Tuesday to Friday between 10.15 am and 4.30 pm. Access to it is by appointment only. To request an appointment please email tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or telephone 020 7942 2698.

Access to some of these files may be restricted. These are identified at file level.

Conditions Governing Use

Archival material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the reading room using non-flash photography.

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with the collection management policy.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Material relating to Mrs Edward Compton, as well as the Theatre Girls Club in general may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

Please ask for details.

Subjects

Theater and society

Personal Names

Compton, Edward. Mrs ( 1853 - 1940)

Cataloguing Info

Title Theatre Girls Club
Creation Created by Paul Shackleton using the Archives Hub EAD Editor 2013-11-07
Revisions

Administrative records relating to the Theatre Girls Club

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1
Dates of Creation 11 July 1922 - 30 December 1961
Physical Description 15 files

Scope and Content

The material in this file relates to the general administration of the Theatre Girls Club, including finance, committee minutes, annual reports, memorandum, and items relating to the Club's day-to-day running.


Material relating to the finances of the Theatre Girls Club

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/1
Dates of Creation 31 Dec 1915 - 30 Dec 1961
Physical Description 3 folders and 2 volumes

Scope and Content

Financial records relating to the Theatre Girls Club include balance sheets and account books.


Balance sheet for the Theatre Girls Club

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/1/1
Dates of Creation 31 Dec 1915
Physical Description 1 folder

Cash book showing girls' debit and credit balances while at the Theatre Girls Club

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/1/2
Dates of Creation 13 Jun 1925 - 29 Dec 1929
Physical Description 1 volume

Account book showing the Theatre Girls Club's income and expenditure

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/1/3
Dates of Creation 01 Oct 1938 - 20 Dec 1961
Physical Description 1 volume

Account book showing the Theatre Girls Club's income and expenditure and stocks and shares

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/1/4
Dates of Creation 01 Apr 1940 - 31 Dec 1957
Physical Description 1 volume

Form for recovery of income tax on annual subscription to The Actors Church Union

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/1/5
Dates of Creation 1930s
Physical Description 1 folder

Materials relating to the everyday domestic arrangements of the Theatre Girls Club

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/2
Dates of Creation 1916 - 1961
Physical Description 1 folder and 1 volume

Scope and Content

Materials relating to the everyday organisation and running of the Theatre Girls Club. Includes timetables of staff duties, house rules, and fire prevention documents.


Daily staff timetables and fire prevention documents concerning the Theatre Girls Club

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/2/1
Dates of Creation 1916 - 1961
Physical Description 1 folder

Theatre Girls Club room allocation book

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/2/2
Dates of Creation 2 Jan 1936 -19 May 1939
Physical Description 1 volume

Materials relating to committee meetings and the legal status of the Theatre Girls Club

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/3
Dates of Creation 11 July 1952 - 09 Sept 1954
Physical Description 2 folders and 5 volumes

Scope and Content

Materials documenting committee meetings.


Theatre Girls Club minute book July 1922 - Feb 1930

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/3/1
Dates of Creation 11 July 1922 - 28 Feb 1930
Physical Description 1 volume

Theatre Girls Club minute book Apr 1930 - Dec 1935

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/3/2
Dates of Creation 05 Apr 1930 - 19 Dec 1935
Physical Description 1 volume

Theatre Girls Club minute book Jan 1936 - Feb 1938

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/3/3
Dates of Creation 24 Jan 1936 - 24 Feb 1938
Physical Description 1 volume

Theatre Girls Club minute book Mar 1938 - May 1944

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/3/4
Dates of Creation 31 Mar 1938 - 28 Mar 1944
Physical Description 1 volume

Theatre Girls Club minute book May 1944 - Sept 1954

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/3/5
Dates of Creation 16 May 1944 - 9 Sept 1954
Physical Description 1 volume

Loose materials pertaining to discussions of Theatre Girls Club's legal status including minutes and agendas for committee meetings

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/3/6
Dates of Creation 1935
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Loose sheets of minutes from committee meetings.


Memorandum and Articles of Association concerning the Theatre Girls Club

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/3/7
Dates of Creation 6 Nov 1935
Physical Description 1 folder

Theatre Girls Club annual reports

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/1/4
Dates of Creation 1939 - 1953
Physical Description 1 folder

Correspondence relating to the Theatre Girls Club

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/2
Dates of Creation 1916 - 1946
Physical Description 2 files

Scope and Content

The material in this file includes personal and administrative correspondence, primarily from the 1920s-1940s. Included are letters to Mrs Compton from her sister Isabel, daughter Faith, and son Compton Mackenzie, as well as those concerning the running and finances of Theatre Girls' Club 1919-1946.


Correspondence relating to the day-to-day running and finances of the Theatre Girls Club

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/2/1
Dates of Creation 1916 - 1961
Physical Description 1 folder

Personal correspondence of Mrs Edward Compton

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/211/2/2
Dates of Creation 1919 - 1961
Physical Description 1 folder