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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleDouie, Miss Vera
Ref No8SUF/B/043
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 10
Date18 Apr 1975
Extent90:00 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Vera Douie
DescriptionInterview took place at 2 Charlbury Road, Oxford. The interview is in two parts: 043a and 043b. Also see interview 8SUF/B/117.

Interview summary:

0:00 mins:
Family background. Education at Oxford University, 1916. Employment in the War Office as librarian until 1921 and in the Military History Department. Returned to India until 1924. Interviewed by Miss Haddow for post at Women's Service Library [Now The Women's Library]. Appointed in 1926 and served for 42 years. Millicent Fawcett raised money to expand the library and a gift from Sarah Clegg allowed acquisition of premises at Marsham Street, London. Various moves of library before settling in Wilfred Street, London. Philippa Strachey. The object of the Library and services it provided. The change of name to Fawcett Society.

15:00 mins:
The library as a meeting place for women. The split between the Women's Service Society and The Townswomen's Guild. The objectives and relationship between the National Union of Societies for Equal Citizenship (NUSEC) and the Women's Service Society. Mrs Fawcett's objection to NUSEC campaign for Family Allowance. The Fawcett Society's indirect relationship with other groups, not only those derived from the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).

30:00 mins:
Description of pub premises at Marsham Street and their use as a library. Books provided by Lady Emmott. Activities of suffragettes post-First World War. The Six Point Group. The Junior Council for Professional Women. Well-known women members of the library. The new building in Marsham Street. Her work in the library. The Cavendish Bentinck collection.Growth of collections and Zoe Ethel Stein's books. Origins of the manuscript collections with Millicent Garrett Fawcett's correspondence and letters from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson to Emily Davies [now part of the Autograph Letter Collection at The Women's Library]. The suffrage collection in the Museum of London. Friendship with Edith How Martyn. The Women's Freedom League.

45:00 mins:
The library in 1930: its small size, shortage of funds, and the Fawcett Society's attitude. Growth of the library. Second World War and evacuation of library.
Bombing of library. Membership of the Junior Council - its activities and Mrs Strachey's wish for a meeting place for women.

60:00 mins:
The Minerva Club and its attraction to former militant suffragettes. The Six Point Club: its points for reform. Women's clubs: their variety, number, umbrella organisations and The National Council of Women (Fawcett Society-affiliated). Relationships between the many committees. Teresa Billington-Greig. Roles of Phillipa Strachey (Pippa) and Ray Strachey.

75:00 mins:
Phillipa Strachey's work and character. Teamwork of Phillipa and Ray Strachey.
Related Record8SUF/B/117
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 12
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