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TitleRecords of the James Stansfeld Memorial Trust
Ref No3JSM
Box Fetch NoBox FL551-FL553
Extent3 A boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryThe James Stansfeld Memorial Trust was established in 1896. Its creation was the result of a 'women's testimonial' raised on his retirement from parliament the previous year. The amount raised was used to promote his aim of equality of the sexes through a number of methods. Firstly, there was the appointment of a scrutineer to observe parliament's actions on the question of women's suffrage and report to the trustees. Secondly, they held conferences, notably on the subject of solicitation and the law in 1917. Finally, after the First World War, a series of three memorial lectures on the position of women were held at University College, London. A book on Stansfeld was commissioned by the trust in 1928 and published in 1932 with the title 'James Stansfeld, A Victorian Champion of Sex Equality' (by JL and Barbara Hammond). Two years later, the Trust was wound up and the remaining funds distributed between the Association for Moral & Social Hygiene and the Josephine Butler Memorial Home.
Custodial HistoryThis archive, together with the archives that make up Strand 3, was originally deposited by the Josephine Butler Society Library in 1957. Additional papers relating to the scrutineers' reports were found in the Library sequence and added to the collection in Aug 1989.
DescriptionThe archive consists of papers regarding the presentation of the Women's Testimonial to James Stansfeld (1895); draft and final deed of trust (1895-6); minutes of trustees meetings with list of recipients of book (1896-1934), address books, financial papers including ledgers (1896-1934), cashbook (1896-1934) and bankbook (1896-1934), conference papers and related correspondence (1917); lists, manuscripts and press cuttings of lecture series (1921-1925); papers related to the publication of the book on James Stansfeld (1928-1934); papers on women's suffrage (1907-8); scrutineers reports (1896-1902, 1904-1915); annual reports (1896-1915); obituary of GW Johnson.
Related MaterialThe Women's Library also holds the Josephine Butler Library Collection of printed and published materials. This was formerly the library of the Josephine Butler Society and was deposted with The Fawcett Library through the then librarian's long involvement with the organisation. This includes almost 100 items by James Stansfeld - including pamphlets, published speeches and reports.
Additionally, The Women's Library holds the records of the Ladies National Association for the Repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts (3LNA) which founded the Memorial Trust; and the Records of the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene (3AMS) which contains papers by Stansfeld as well as portrait photographs of him; the Josephine Butler Autograph Letter Collection which can be consulted in microfilm format (3JBL) which contain letters by and about him.
The Papers of Millicent Garrett Fawcett (7MGF) contains more details on the three memorial lectures.
Closely related papers held at The Women's Library include:
Records of the British Committee of the Continental & General Federation for Abolition of Government Regulation of Prostitution (3BGF); Records of the Lancashire & Cheshire Association for the Abolition of the State Regulation of Vice (3LCA); the Papers of Henry Joseph Wilson (3HJW); the records of the National Association for the Repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts (ref: 3NAR); Records of the International Bureau for the Suppression of Traffic in Persons: British National Committee (4BNC); Records of the British Vigilance Association (4BVA); the Records of the International Bureau for Suppression of Traffic in Persons (4IBS); the Records of the National Vigilance Association (4NVA); the papers of Richard F Russell, the general secretary of the International Bureau from 1957-1971 (4RFR); and Records of the Travellers' Aid Society (4TAS)

Papers held elsewhere related to James Stansfeld include:
West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds, correspondence and papers 1834-1898 (ref Dixon and Stansfeld);
British Library, Manuscript Collections, letters to him and his family 1815-1919 (Add MS 50956);letters to Karl Blind 1859-1870 (Add MSS 40124-26); correspondence with WE Gladstone 1863-1893 (Add MSS 44401-788 passim);
Borthwick Institute for Archives, correspondence with Lord Halifax 1852-1885 (Halifax papers A4);
National Co-operative Archive, correspondence with GJ Holyoake 1850-1886 (MM/96636/1-12);
Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, correspondence with Lord Kimberley 1873-1893 (MSS Eng a 2013-14, b 2047-49, c 3933-4514, d 2439-92, e 2790-97).
Related Record3AMS
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThis collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library @ LSE in advance of their first visit.
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