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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleButler, Miss Christina Violet
Ref No8SUF/B/012
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 3
Date16 Sep 1974
Extent98:30 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Christina Butler
DescriptionInterview took place at Beechwood, Birdlip, Glos. Also see interviews 8SUF/B/014 and 8SUF/B/025. Interviewee is the sister of Ruth Butler [see interview 8SUF/B/017].

Interview summary:
0:00 mins: How she came to do the Infant Welfare survey in Oxford. Influences including: Henry Scott Holland (and Christian Social Union), Lettice Fisher, AJ Carlyle, Sidney Ball. The Council for the Industrial Advancement of Young People in Oxford (1906).The Rowntree book. Reading Charles Booth. Importance of the Friendly Societies. Upbringing, parents, governess and education. Degree in Modern History from Society of Home Students (later St Anne's College).

15:00 mins: Ruth Butler's book on the history of St Anne's College. Her studies for a Diploma [in Economics and Political Science]. Tutors including Professor Edgeworth. Attitudes to class. Reviews and comments on her book including the Morning Post and the Economic Journal. Disruption (to the book) caused by First World War. Publishing history of the book.

30:00 mins: Social work at the time. Interest in school teaching. Work for the Women's Industrial Council. Margaret Ramsay McDonald. Social class and women. Time in Lambeth at the Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) settlement. Booklet on Domestic Service (1916). Kathleen Courtney. Work on apprenticeships and jobs.

45:00 mins: Oxford citizens housing society. Practical activity and application of social research. Involvement and friendships with the poor. The Cottage Improvement Society. Admiration of Octavia Hill and her pioneering work. National Trust and public parks. Volunteers in local authorities. Useful family connections for her work. Her parents'view of her 1912 survey 'Social Conditions in Oxford' and social work.

60:00 mins: Involvement in the Charity Organisation Society (COS). Publication in the Charity Organisation Society Review. Importance of history in social research. Self evaluation of her text. Income during her research, parental support.

75:00 mins: Change in social work over the years. Invitation to tutor at St Ann's College. Career. Identity as a suffragist, not a suffragette. Disapproval of suffragettes' violence. Practical emphasis to her work. Sylvia Pankhurst speaking on women's suffrage in Edwardian Oxford. Mother's views on suffrage.

90:00 mins: Josephine Butler's influence. Religious upbringing and its relation to social work. Father's career. Influence of Thomas Carlyle.
Related Record8SUF/B/014
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 04
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