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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleRecords of the Commonwealth Countries League
Ref No5CCL
Box Fetch NoBox TH04 - TH15
Extent12 A boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryThe British Commonwealth League (1925-) was founded in 1925 by the amalgamation of the British Dominions Women's Citizens Union and the British Overseas of the International Alliance for Woman Suffrage. Its aim was to secure equality of liberties, status and opportunities between men and women and to promote mutual understanding throughout the Commonwealth. It was concerned with the questions of the nationality of married women, prostitution and equal pay over a number of decades and prominent members included Margery Corbett Ashby, Alice Hemming and Margery Chave Collison. In Jul 1964 it became the Commonwealth Countries League (CCL), maintaining the non-party status that it held throughout its history and promoting women's political and social education. As at 2016 CCL still operated though working with other women's organisations of the Commonwealth. It had charitable status and worked with young women to enable them to attend secondary schools and university.
Custodial HistoryThese appear to be the files of Gloria Davies, Secretary of the League.
DescriptionThe archive consists of subject files, printed papers including newsletters, correspondence with overseas organisations, general correspondence, minutes and papers of the executive committee, visitor's book.
Related MaterialThe Women's Library also holds the records of members of the Commonwealth Countries League such as Margery Irene Corbett Ashby (7MCA), Marjorie Chave Collison (7CHC) and Alice Hemming (7ALH). Please note that much of this material is uncatalogued. The Women's Library Printed Collections also holds a number of publications by the Commonwealth Countries League, including their annual reports and newsletters.
Related Record7ALH
Access StatusUncatalogued - please contact us for further information
Access ConditionsThis collection is available for consultation. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library @ LSE in advance of their first visit.
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