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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleButler, Christina Violet
Ref No8SUF/B/025
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 6
Date23 Nov 1974
Extent25a - 44:21 mins, 25b -29:58 mins
Admin Biographical HistoryChristina Butler
DescriptionInterview took place at 14 Norham Road, Oxford. Also see interviews 8SUF/B/012 and 8SUF/B/014.
Interviewee is the sister of Ruth Butler [see interview 8SUF/B/017].

Interview is in two parts 8SUF/B/025a and 8SUF/B/025b.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins: Links with the Christian Social Union in Oxford. Work and influence of AJ Carlyle, GDH Cole. Reviewing for the Economic Journal. Reviewing Italian and German books (economics). Francis Edgeworth. Acquisition of four languages. Studying the Italian Renaissance. Reading Dante. Approach to social research and attitude to social class during her survey. Ability to combine literature and social science.

15:00 mins: Local studies of Cambridge, York and Norwich. Influence of other regional social surveys on her own Oxford survey. Membership of Charity Organisation Society (COS) - Oxford branch. Mabel Prichard's involvement. Family Association. Council for Industrial Advancement. First World War. Ministry of Munitions work with Professor Adam. Teaching at Barnett House and other social work [1920s]. Practical recommendations in her 1912 Oxford survey. Education committee.

30:00 mins:
Juvenile employment committee, girls clubs. Influence of her practical recommendations on social conditions. State and voluntary bodies as complementary. Infant welfare. Employment exchange. Voluntary organisations as experimental and pioneering. Domestic service. Night school. Work with young boys / apprenticeships. Boy scouts.

0:00 mins: Interest in adolescents and provisions for them. Girls' Friendly Society. Cottage Improvement Society: rent collecting. Charlotte Young. Council for Industrial Advancement. Survey of employment,1910. Influence of Michael Sadler. How her survey was compiled and written, and who it was written for. German housing registries (mentioned in her book). Trip to Germany, 1911.

15:00 mins: Writing for both a local audience and an academic one. Reviews of her book. Information on local government: how she researched it. Social life, social conscience. Lady Mary Hall Settlement and Barnett House and the training of voluntary workers. Barnett House survey. Involvement on planning committee for the survey. Relationships with working people.
Related Record8SUF/B/012
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 08
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