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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 190

Records of the Women's Social and Political Union, 1911-1913


Exhibits entered as evidence in the 1913 trial of suffragettes, and a scrapbook containing correspondence, photographs and clippings, compiled by L. Geraldine Lennox.


  • 1911-1913

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access. Originals are closed; use microfilm M-68.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records of the Women's Social and Political Union are in the public domain.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1.38 linear feet (1 file box, 1 folio box)

210 exhibits entered as evidence in the 1913 trial of British suffragettes and a scrapbook, 1911-1913, kept by the editor of The Suffragette, L. Geraldine Lennox. The exhibits include speeches, letters, receipts, circulars, and lists of objects taken from the suffragettes. The scrapbook contains letters, telegrams, photos, and clippings.


The Women's Social and Political Union was founded in 1903 in London by Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst; its goal, woman suffrage. At first it used peaceful means but later turned to deliberate violence in an effort to embarrass party leaders and force them to do something about the vote for women.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 992

The records of the Women's Social and Political Union were purchased by the Schlesinger Library in February 1966 from Schulte's Book Store.

Processing Information

Processed: October 1973


Women's Social and Political Union (Great Britain). Records of the Women's Social and Political Union, 1911-1913: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women
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Repository Details

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