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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleTabor, Miss Mary
Ref No8SUF/B/062
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 14
Date25 Nov 1975
Extent58:44 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Mary Tabor and Clara Rackham
DescriptionInterview took place at 39 Park View, Stevenage. Interviewee is the niece of Clara Rackham. Interview relates to the progressive feminist Clara Rackham. Also see interview with her sister Lucy Tabor [8SUF/B/065].

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Life led by her aunt Mrs C D Rackham when married to the Cambridge don Harris Rackham. Relationship between Harris Rackham and Dorothea Rackham in Cambridge, and Dorothea Rackham's role in supporting her husband's work. Her organisation of the household. Their family holidays. Their friendship with Susan Lawrence and Hugh Dalton. Her ambitions to be an MP and her work as a Labour Councillor. Her long-term support for the Labour Party, and her support for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Her work on the Royal Commissions for factories and unemployment. Her support for Mary Tabor during Mary's time at Newnham. Her religious beliefs and her funeral.

15:00 mins:
Dorothea Rackham's attendance at Newnham where she studied classics. Her captaincy of the Newnham hockey team. Her longer-tem involvement with Newnham and her friendship with Pippa Strachey. Her involvement with the Workers' Educational Association. Her parents' expectation that she would return to the family home when her time at Newnham was finished. Her marriage to Harris Rackham and her relationship with him after her suffered a riding accident. Her early life in London and Braintree. Her work as a magistrate and her involvement with the Howard League. Her work as a factory inspector during the First World War. Her deafness in later life.

30:00 mins:
Her changes of residence in later life and her work in reading to the blind. Her extensive reading. Her appearance. Her systematic record-keeping. Her earlier work for the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies. Her enthusiasm for swimming. Her reliance on her housekeeper.

45:00 mins:
Her energy and forthright manner. Her high standards regarding hospitality and entertaining. Her early education at St Andrews School and the long term influence her time on Newnham had on her.
Related Record8SUF/B/065
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 19
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