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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleCox, Mrs Doris & Schaerli, Mrs Vera
Ref No8SUF/B/140
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 29
Date22 Mar 1977
Extent140a - 15:00 mins, 140b - 65:00 mins
Admin Biographical HistoryDoris Cox and Vera Schaerli were employees of Rathbone. See biographies for Vera Schaerli and Eleanor Rathbone.
DescriptionInterview took place at 6 Vicarage Drive, Eastbourne. Interviewee Vera Schaerli was formerly known as Vera Craig, journalist. Interviewees were employees of Eleanor Rathbone. Also see other interviews related to Eleanor Rathbone [8SUF/B/128, 8SUF/B/137, 8SUF/B/169, 8SUF/B/201].

Interview in 2 parts: 8SUF/B/140a and 8SUF/B/140b.

Interview summary:

0:00 mins:
How Vera Schaerli came to work for Eva Hubback and then Eleanor Rathbone. Eva Hubback's personality: her extreme shyness could seem like arrogance which may have contributed to her not getting on the Royal Commission on Population. Eva's single-mindedness. Her good relations with younger people. Eleanor Rathbone's absent mindedness.

0:00 mins:
Eleanor Rathbone's work on The Parliamentary Committee for Refugees during the Second World War caused work for the Family Endowment Society to be suspended. The heavy demands that Eleanor Rathbone placed on her employees. Eleanor Rathbone's personality, her inhibitions, manner of speaking and her shyness.

15:00 mins:
Eleanor Rathbone's discomfort when having to deal with personal relationships and her prudishness. Her heavy demands on her employees. Eleanor's appearance and dress Eleanor Rathbone's working and domestic arrangements with Elizabeth Macadam. Elizabeth Macadam's relationship with Mrs Wilson the cook and housekeeper.

30:00 mins:
How Eleanor Rathbone identified more easily with causes rather than individuals. Eleanor Rathbone's intelligence and her business like qualities and effectiveness as a speaker. Her intelligence and grasp. Eleanor Rathbone's high standards of personal behaviour and lack of sympathy to others without these standards.

45:00 mins:
How Eleanor Rathbone worked with men. Eleanor Rathbone's immense patriotism and how she corresponded with Neru and was offended by his view of British colonialism. Eleanor Rathbone's dislike and distrust of communism and her reaction to the uncovering of the Belsen concentration camps.

60:00 mins:
Eleanor Rathbone's view that a life in politics was a way to get things done rather than to promote personal ambition therefore she had to be an Independent Member of Parliament.
Related Record8SUF/B/128
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 51
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