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Guide to the Women’s Social and Political Union Scrapbook, 1908-1917 and undated

Summary

Collection comprises a scrapbook (96 pages) featuring primarily newspaper and magazine clippings that document the leaders, activists, actions and activities of the Women's Social and Political Union between 1908 and 1917. The unidentified compiler was likely a member of the organization, for she included handwritten labels identifying unnamed participants and often provided handwritten commentary on actions taken or the treatment of women imprisoned. In several cases, she was also able to obtain autographs of individual suffragists. Events documented include the 1913 Suffrage Pilgrimage, the memorial for Emily Wilding Davison, Rosa May Billinghurst, the Coronation procession, and the suffragist's bombing of Westminster Abbey. Other topics include what men did to get the vote; voting as a right; forcible feedings and other injuries the women sustained; marches, speeches, and gatherings of support; the work of the Pankhursts; women's activities in support of the war in Europe; the organization's offices; and international supporters of women's suffrage. Includes several items laid-in.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11075
Title
Women’s Social and Political Union scrapbook
Date
1908-1917 and undated
Extent
0.9 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises a scrapbook (96 pages) featuring primarily newspaper and magazine clippings that document the leaders, activists, actions and activities of the Women's Social and Political Union between 1908 and 1917. The unidentified compiler was likely a member of the organization, for she included handwritten labels identifying unnamed participants and often provided handwritten commentary on actions taken or the treatment of women imprisoned. In several cases, she was also able to obtain autographs of individual suffragists. Events documented include the 1913 Suffrage Pilgrimage, the memorial for Emily Wilding Davison, Rosa May Billinghurst, the Coronation procession, and the suffragist's bombing of Westminster Abbey. Other topics include what men did to get the vote; voting as a right; forcible feedings and other injuries the women sustained; marches, speeches, and gatherings of support; the work of the Pankhursts; women's activities in support of the war in Europe; the organization's offices; and international supporters of women's suffrage. Includes several items laid-in.

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[Identification of item], Women’s Social and Political Union scrapbook, 1908-1917 and undated, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Historical Note

The Women’s Social and Political Union (W.S.P.U.) was the leading militant organization campaigning for women's suffrage in the United Kingdom, 1903–1917, and was a breakaway organization from the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies. Its membership and policies were tightly controlled by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters, Christabel and Sylvia. It was best known for hunger strikes (resulting in forced feedings), for breaking windows in prominent buildings, and for night-time arson of unoccupied houses and churches.


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Provenance

The Women’s Social and Political Union scrapbook, 1908-1917 and undated, was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, November, 2015