Guide to the Papers of Bessie Rischbieth

MS 2004

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Bessie Rischbieth
Date Range
1900-1967
Collection Number
MS 2004
Extent
7.62 metres (37 archive boxes + 2 medium folio boxes + 3 large folio boxes + 2 medium phase boxes + 2 outsized phase boxes + 1 map folio)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
NLA
Sponsor
The National Library of Australia is extremely grateful for the generous support of the public to its 2016 Tax Time Appeal which raised the money that has enabled the work of preserving, digitising and describing this collection.

Introduction

Scope and Contents

Bessie Rischbieth was involved in women's rights movements from the beginning of the century, at local, national and international levels, and her papers record her involvement in many organizations, especially the Australian Federation of Women Voters, and with many different subjects up to her death in 1967. Of special interest is the collection of material on the women's suffrage movement in Great Britain between 1906 and 1928. The collection contains correspondence, reports and minutes of meetings, some photographs, newspaper cuttings and pamphlets. The different series relate to organisations and subjects, and the correspondence is to be found at the beginning of most series.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2655892).

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Bessie Rischbieth, National Library of Australia, MS 2004, [series/item number]'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bessie Rischbieth bequeathed to the National Library her collection of papers and books in so far as they related to the 'national, empire and/or international development of the modern women's movements', while papers of personal and local interest were bequeathed to the State Library of Western Australia. The papers were received in November 1967, and were augmented by the records of the Australian Federation of Women Voters in 1970.

Other Finding Aids

All correspondence in the collection has been name-indexed; please refer to the attached Correspondence Index (Appendix I) under the Related Documentation tab.

Biographical Note

Bessie Rischbieth was born in Adelaide in 1875. In 1899 she married Henry Rischbieth and moved to Perth where she lived until her death. She became involved in local welfare work, and in 1909 helped form the Woman's Service Guilds of Western Australia. This society affiliated with other State bodies in 1921 to form the Australian Federation of Women Voters with which Mrs Rischbieth had a very close association all her life, being president and editor of its newspaper The Dawn. In 1923 she attended her first international women's conference in Rome and subsequently was present at many such gatherings. Her husband died in 1925 and she fortunately had the means to frequently travel overseas. Bessie Rischbieth's dominant interest was always to secure legal and economic equality for women, and to this end she succeeded in having a Women's Legal Status Act passed by the Western Australia Parliament in 1919, enabling women to stand for Parliament. She was called on to give evidence at a number of Royal Commissions, and was active as an Honorary Magistrate in children's court work and as a Justice of the Peace. In 1935 she was appointed by the Australian Government as delegate to the League of Nations, and in 1935 received an O.B.E for her services to women and children. She continued to be actively involved in political and social issues until her death in 1967. When bequeathing her papers to the National Library, Mrs Rischbieth wrote: 'It is my wish that they form the nucleus of a permanent history of the British Women's struggle for enfranchisement and citizen rights'. The Library has fortunately been able to carry out this objective, as in recent years it has acquired a number of collections which complement the Rischbieth Papers.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Family and personal correspondence

The letters, written between 1911 and 1959, are arranged chronologically. They are mostly written by Bessie Rischbieth to her family whilst she was travelling, and include a large number of letters written from London during the Second World War. Comprises Items 1-195.

Arrangement

Previously unnumbered items have been retained within original files and assigned a new running number with an "A" prefix. The additional numbering restarts at 1 (e.g. "A1) in each series where it has been used.

File 1. Family and personal correspondence, 1911-1913 - Box 1

Correspondents include Olive Evans and Anna Donnelly. Covers travels to Japan in 1911 and observations of the militant suffrage movement while staying in the United Kingdom in 1913. Comprises items 1-12.

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File 2. Family and personal correspondence, 1923-1933 - Box 1

Correspondents include Olive Evans, Elsie Morgan, Julia Rapke, Ethel Osborne, and A. May Moss. Correspondence is primarily with her sister Olive Evans, covering topics including her travels to the United Kingdom, Hawaii, India, Palestine, Egypt. Includes experiences of touring schools and work sites that informed her social activism, and observations at conferences. Also includes copy of an article submission, and a card from Princesse Alexandrine Gr. Cantacuzene. Comprises items 13-41.

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File 3. Family and personal correspondence, 1935-1938 - Box 1

Correspondence primarily with her family covering her travels as a League of Nations delegate and to the 1935 I.W.S.A. Congresses. Other correspondents include M. Jamison Williams, Kerstin Hesselgren, Ethel P., Mary Hughes. Comprises items 42-80.

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File 4. Family and personal correspondence, 1939-1940 - Box 1

Correspondence with her family while travelling in South Africa, Europe and the United Kingdom. Comprises items 81-107.

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File 5. Correspondence to her family, 1940 - Box 1

Correspondence to her family while living in the United Kingdom. Includes experiences of London air-raids. Comprises items 108-135.

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File 6. Correspondence to her family, 1941-1946 - Box 1

Correspondence to her family while living in the United Kingdom. Includes experiences of London air-raids and the progress of World War II. Comprises items 136-176.

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File 7. Personal correspondence with members of women's organisations, 1946-1959 - Box 1

Correspondents include Katherine Bompas, Evelyn Rowland, Amy Wheaton, Stella Newsome, Harold White, Janet Roberts, Jessie Groom, Gertrude Ruston, and Molly Lukis. Topics include alliances between women's organisations, the production of The Dawn newspaper, and correspondence with various suffrage activists seeking material for an archive/exhibit on the international women's suffrage movement. Comprises items 177-184, A1-A5.

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File 8. Dated and undated correspondence with family and miscellaneous pages of letters, 1930-1950 - Box 1

Comprises items 185-195.

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Series 2. Diaries, notes, articles and broadcasts

The series contains diaries for 1927, 1946 and 1957 written while travelling; notes for articles together with copies of articles and broadcasts given by Bessie Rischbieth between 1936 and 1950, and a number of invitations to official functions. Comprises Items 1-158.

Arrangement

Previously unnumbered items have been retained within original files and assigned a new running number with an "A" prefix. The additional numbering restarts at 1 (e.g. "A1) in each series where it has been used.

Duplicated item numbering on some items within this series has been resolved by adding a "B" prefix to second instance of item number to preserve original file order.

File 1. Notebooks as League of Nations delegate 1946; address books 1950s; - Box 1

Correspondence log kept by Bessie Rischbieth in 1927 as president of AFWV; correspondence log 1946; notebooks as a delegate to the United Nations 1946; address books 1950s. Comprises items 1-7.

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File 2. Travel notes and ephemera, 1931-1946 - Box 1

Notebooks and travel ephemera including tags, postcards and programs. Comprises items 8-16.

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File 3. Notes for articles - Box 2

Notes for articles and prompt cards for speeches. Content is primarily focussed on global politics during the operation of the League of Nations. Comprises items 17-43, A1.

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File 4. Dossier - Box 2

Curricula vitae and profiles for Bessie Rischbieth. Comprises items A2-A6.

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File 5. Articles, 1936-1950 - Box 2

Copies of article submissions to various publications. Comprises items 44-57.

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File 6. Articles, 1936-1950 - Box 2

Copies of article submissions to various publications. Comprises items 58-70.

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File 7. Articles, 1936-1950 - Box 2

Copies of article submissions to various publications. Comprises items 71-93, A7.

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File 8. Broadcast addresses, 1936-1959 - Box 2

Copies of broadcast addresses. Comprises items 94-108, A8-A9.

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File 9. Broadcast addresses, 1936-1953 - Box 2

Copies of broadcast addresses. Comprises items 109-136.

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File 10. Invitations, 1927-1960 - Box 2

Invitations to official events. Comprises items 136-158.

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Series 3. English women's suffrage

This series documents in considerable detail the women's suffrage movement in England between 1908 and 1928, when English women finally achieved equal suffrage. The militant suffrage movement led by Emmeline Pankhurst of the Women's Social and Political Union (W.S.P.U.) forms the core of this series, but the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (N.U.W.S.S.), known as the law-abiding or constitutionalist suffragists are also represented. Of special interest are the medals, flags and other memorabilia collected by Bessie Rischbieth from several English suffrage activists. There are letters from 1911 to 1963, a pictorial volume of the movement in 1911-1913, pamphlets, copies of the newspapers The Suffragette and Votes for Women; court orders for the appearance of suffragettes who were charged for various offences and biographical notes on various women. Comprises Items 1-449.

Arrangement

Previously unnumbered items have been retained within original files and assigned a new running number with an "A" prefix. The additional numbering restarts at 1 (e.g. "A1) in each series where it has been used.

File 1. Correspondence with British suffrage campaigners, 1910-1963 - Box 2

Correspondents include Muriel Matters-Porter, Violet Tillard, Mary Law, Mary Probyer, Edith How-Martyn, Stella Newsome, Winifred Mayo, G. Horton, Louisa Cullen, Ruth Dawson, Letitia Withall, Mary Murphy, and Mary Howard. Includes accounts of incidents during suffrage campaigns, and also offers of memorabilia items to Bessie Rischbieth for her collection. Comprises items 1-40.

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Item 2004/3/41. Album: "A Pictorial History of the Suffrage Movement in Great Britain 1906-1913" - Folio-Box 44

Album of captioned photographs and postcards relating to the British Suffrage movement in the United Kingdom. Possibly collated by Bessie Rischbieth.

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File 2. Newspaper cuttings relating to the suffrage movement, 1908-1936 - Box 2

Newspaper cuttings reporting incidents in the militant suffrage movement. File also includes notes and labels created by Bessie Rischbieth to exhibit these materials. Item 43 missing. Comprises items 42-62.

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File 3. Newspaper cuttings relating to the suffrage movement - Box 3

Newspaper cuttings of reports and retrospectives on the militant suffrage movement. File also includes notes and labels created by Bessie Rischbieth to exhibit these materials. Item 94 missing. Comprises items 63-114.

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File 4. Assorted police notices, letters, and copies of pamphlets relating to the suffrage movement - Box 3

Correspondents include Stella Newsome. Includes police notices for Annie Williams, Lady Constance Lytton, and Minnie Turner. Also includes copies of pamphlets about the militant suffrage movement. Item 2004/3/123 was repatriated to item 2004/3/126, and the number 3/123 is no longer in use. Comprises items 114-128.

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Item 119-120 (File 4). A Pageant of Great Women, Cicely Hamilton, 1948

Published by Marian Lawson for the Suffragette Fellowship. Item 2004/3/119 has been signed by Edith How-Martyn and contains cuttings and labels. Second copy 2004/3/120 has not been digitised.

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Item 121 (File 4). The Militant Suffrage Campaign in Perspective, Mary Phillips

Published by the Suffrage Fellowship.

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Item 122 (File 4). Suffrage Speeches from the Dock: Conspiracy Trial, Old Bailey, May 15th - 22nd, 1912

Published by The Woman's Press for the Women's Social and Political Union.

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Item 124 (File 4). Women's Votes and Wages, F.W. Pethick Lawrence

Published by the Woman's Press for the Women's Social and Political Union.

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Item 125 (File 4). Votes and Wages, Maude Royden, 1911

Published by the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies.

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Item 126 (File 4). The Trial of the Suffragette Leaders

Published by The Woman's Press for the Women's Social and Political Union.

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Item 127 (File 4). N.C.W. News: Official Organ of the National Council of Women of South Africa, Vol.23, No.11, June 1958
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File 5. Single copies of suffrage newspapers and copy of play "The Spring of Power" - Box 3

Copies of publications include: The Woman's Leader and the Common Cause; The Policewoman's Review; Votes for Women. File also includes copy of the play "Springs of Power" by E.G. Walker; and exhibit labels. Comprises items 129-136.

Biographical / Historical

The "Springs of Power" pageant was performed at the Fourth Triennial Conference of the Australian Federation of Women Voters, 1933.

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File. Copies of The Suffragette newspaper, 1913-1914

Itemised individually.

Item 2004/3/137. No. 70 - Vol. II, Friday, February 13, 1914 - Folio-Box 43
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Item 2004/3/138. No. 66 - Vol. II, Friday, January 16, 1914 - Folio-Box 43
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Item 2004/3/139. No. 63 - Vol. II, Friday, December 26, 1913 - Folio-Box 43
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Item 2004/3/140. No. 63 - Vol. II, Friday, December 26, 1913 (copy) - Folio-Box 43
Item 2004/3/141. No. 58 - Vol. II, Friday, November 21, 1913 - Folio-Box 43
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Item 2004/3/142. No. 48 - Vol. II, Friday, September 12, 1913 - Folio-Box 43
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Item 2004/3/143. No. 47 - Vol. II, Friday, September 5, 1913 - Folio-Box 43

Arrangement

This item has part of another edition (August 15, 1915 / item 2004/3/45) bound into it (binding done by a previous owner). The digitised images show the items as they exist physically.

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Item 2004/3/144. No. 46 - Vol. I, Friday, August 29, 1913 - Folio-Box 43
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Item 2004/3/145. No. 44 - Vol. I, Friday, August 15, 1913 - Folio-Box 43

A page of this edition has been removed and bound into item 2004/3/143 (binding is the work of a previous owner of the item). The digitised images show the items as they exist physically.

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Item 2004/3/146. No. 43 - Vol. I, Friday, August 8, 1913 - Folio-Box 43
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Item 2004/3/147. No. 42 - Vol. I, Friday, August 1, 1913 - Folio-Box 43
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Item 2004/3/148. No. 41 - Vol. I, Friday, July 25, 1913 - Folio-Box 43
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Item 2004/3/149. No. 38 - Vol. I, Friday, July 4, 1913 - Folio-Box 43
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Item 2004/3/150. No. 37 - Vol. I, Friday, June 27, 1913 - Folio-Box 43
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Item 2004/3/151. No. 35 - Vol. I, Friday, June 13, 1913 - Folio-Box 43
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Item 2004/3/152. No. 29 - Vol. I, Friday, May 2, 1913 - Folio-Box 43
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File 6. Objects relating to suffrage campaigns, 1908-1929 - Box 3

File comprises items 3/156 - photocopy image of silk flag (object missing); 3/A1 - strips of crepe paper; 3/A2 - piece of ivory silk ribbon; 3/159f - crepe paper streamers in red and green. Other object have been transferred to folio box and are itemised individually.

Separated Materials

Additional objects have been given separate catalogue records. They include: a collection of badges http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/609180"; a china bowl http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/2131654; a plate http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/609215; Hunger strike medal presented to Letitia Withall by the Women's Social and Political Union http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/609161; WSPU china http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/2131671.

Item 2004/3/153. Needle book in W.S.P.U. colours, with exhibition label written by Bessie Rischbieth - Folio-Box 44
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Item 2004/3/154. Table cloth with embroidered signatures of Holloway Prison inmates and friends - Elephant-Folio 39
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Item 2004/3/155. Engraved medal "Presented to Miss Vida Goldstein in commemoration of her devotion & successful labours in the cause of women's suffrage in Victoria 1909" - Folio-Box 47

Conditions Governing Access

Available at curator discretion, with special access conditions. Digital image available.

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Item 2004/3/157. "Votes for Women Official Souvenir Program" (W.S.P.U.) paper and cloth napkin with purple and green border of violets - Elephant-Folio 41

Printed crepe paper napkin hand-stitched onto a cloth backing. Design is by S. Burgess, and was reused for different events. Design is of etchings of suffragettes, and has a border of violets in purple and green. This souvenir program is likely for the W.S.P.U. demonstration held in Hyde Park, London on 14 July 1912.

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Item 2004/3/158. "Votes for Women Official Souvenir Program" (W.S.P.U.) paper and cloth napkin with Union Jack border design - Elephant-Folio 41

Printed crepe paper napkin machine-stitched onto a cloth backing. Design is by S. Burgess. Design is of etchings of suffragettes, and has a border of Union Jack flags. This souvenir program is for the W.S.P.U. demonstration held in Hyde Park, London on 18 June 1910.

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Item 2004/3/159a. W.S.P.U. badges - Folio-Box 44
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Item 2004/3/159b. "Souvenir in Commemoration of Great Law-Abiding Women's Suffrage Pilgrimage" (N.U.W.S.S.) paper and cloth napkin with pink floral border design - Elephant-Folio 41

Printed crepe paper napkin hand-stitched onto a cloth backing. Design is by S. Burgess. Design is of Demonstration program, with a border of pink flower posies. This souvenir program is for the N.U.W.S.S. demonstration held in Hyde Park, London on 26 and 27 July, 1913.

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Item 2004/3/159c. Piece of handspun cotton purchased in 1929 by Bessie Rischbieth at Mahatma Gandhi's Ashram, India, 1929 - Elephant-Folio 40

Exhibition label by Bessie Rischbieth states: "Handspun cotton: Spun at Gandhi's Ashram India - 1929 (at his village uplift school & purchased by B.M. Rischbieth who was with Miss Josephine Storey & Miss Henny of Hollow visited the Ashram in 1929 as Ghandi's guests)"

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Item 2004/3/159d. Piece of sash in N.U.W.S.S. colours of red, white and green with two suffrage badges attached - Folio-Box 44
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Item 2004/3/159e. Two pieces of flag in N.U.W.S.S. colours of red, white and green - Folio-Box 44
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File 7. Portraits of suffragettes - Box 3

Portraits of members of the militant suffrage movement (photographs and postcards), many with captions. Comprises items 160-189.

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Item 2004/3/190. Framed photo: Bronze statue of Emmeline Pankhurst - Folio-Box 44
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File 8. Photographs of suffrage demonstrations and campaigning activities - Box 3

Copies of photographs of demonstrations including the Hyde Park march in 1908, and other campaign activities, supplied to Bessie Rischbieth for her exhibit. Comprises items 191-214.

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File 9. Ephemera and cuttings relating to suffrage campaigns - Box 3

Pamphlets, flyers, postcards and cuttings relating to suffrage campaigns, particularly the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (known as "constitutional" or "law-abiding" suffragists). Comprises items 215-251, A3-A4.

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Item 2004/3/251. Cat and Mouse Poster - Map-Folio 38
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File 10. Newspaper cuttings from Mary Howard relating to suffragettes - Box 3

Newspaper cuttings of reports and retrospectives, and flyers on the militant suffrage movement. Correspondence with Mary Howard (see item 2004/3/40) refers to the donation of this material. Comprises items 252-275, A5.

Separated Materials

Mary Howard's letter also references a plate belonging to Mrs Basil McFellan, which is stored under a separate record at http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-432485647.

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File 11. Suffragette items from Louisa C. Cullen - Box 4

Photographs, postcards and clippings from Louisa C. Cullen. Objects from this folder (2004/3/206, 2004/3/309) have been rehoused in folio boxes. Comprises items 276-312, A6-A10.

Separated Materials

Louisa Cullen's "Votes for Women" sash is stored at a separate catalogue record: http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/2131647

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Item 2004/3/296. N.W.S.P.U. Speaker badge - Folio-Box 47

Conditions Governing Access

Available at curator discretion, with special access conditions. Digital image available.

Biographical / Historical

Given to Louisa C. Cullen when she spoke at the 1908 Hyde park Demonstration organised by the W.S.P.U.

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Item 2004/3/304. Poster "Votes for Women", W.S.P.U. - Map-Folio 38
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Item 2004/3/309. Holloway Prison brooch belonging to Louisa Cullen - Folio-Box 47

Louisa C. (Louie) Cullen was presented this brooch by Emmeline Pankhurst at Albert Hall, in recognition of Cullen's imprisonment. Similar brooches were was given to all those who served prison sentences for their activities in the suffrage movement. This brooch is referred to in corresponcence from Louie Cullen (see item number 2004/3/35).

Conditions Governing Access

Available at curator discretion, with special access conditions. Digital image available.

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File 12. Suffragette songs and music - Box 4

Lyrics and music for popular suffragette songs. Comprises items 313-333.

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File 13. Suffragette cards and notepapers - Box 4

A small collection of notepapers with emblems of suffrage organisations, as well as cards, postcards, speakers programs, and a copy of a speech deivered by Lady Balfour of Burleigh at the presentation of portraits to Frederick and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, W.S.P.U. leaders. Comprises items 334-339.

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File 14. Pamphlets and reports relating to the Fawcett Society and the Women's Service Library - Box 4

Annual reports of the Fawcett Society (1956 and 1958); copies of The Catholic Citizen newsletter with articles relating to the Fawcett Society's Women's Service Library. Comprises items 340-344.

File 15. Pamphlets and correspondence relating to the Association of Moral and Social Hygiene - Box 4

Correspondents include Dorothea Cass, Alison Neilans, Thomas Paterson (Minister for the Interior). Also includes a copy of The Shield: A Review of Moral and Social Hygiene, and a memorial booklet for Alison Neilans. Comprises items 345-350.

File 16. Newsletters and newspaper cuttings relating to the Women's Freedom League - Box 4

Editions of The Vote: the organ of the Women's Freedom League, 1920s-1930s, and newspaper cuttings. Comprises items 351-396.

Arrangement

Newsletters have been retained in original file order as denoted by item numbers, not publication date order.

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Item 390 (File 16). The New Humanism, Laurence Houseman

Published by the Women's Freedom League.

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File 17. Newsletters of the Suffragette Fellowship - Box 4

Editions of Calling All Women newsletter of the Suffragette Fellowship. Sporadic coverage of 1948-1961. Comprises items 397-409.

Arrangement

Items and pages have been reordered and renumbered for digitisation in date sequence. Some copies are missing pages.

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File 18. Biographical articles on suffragettes - Box 4

Memorial and biographical pamphlets and cuttings including about Edith How-Martyn and Josephine Butler. Duplicate copies of pamphlets have not been digitised. Comprises items 412-430.

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Item 2004/3/424. Framed photo: Josephine E. Butler - Folio-Box 44
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File 19. Biographical articles on female politicians and leaders. - Box 4

Photos and articles about early British female politicians and articles about women's enfranchisement. Comprises items 431-437.

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Item 2004/3/431. Framed photo: Lady Nancy Astor - Folio-Box 44
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File 20. Articles and notes relating to British Dominions Women's Suffrage Union - Box 4

Articles, notes and pamphlets about the British Dominons Women Citizens' Union (formerly British Dominions Women's Suffrage Union). Content covers 1916-1921. Comprises items 438-449.

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Series 4. Australian women's suffrage

This series documents the movement for women's suffrage in Australia. There is correspondence from 1900 to 1959 with the leading Australian women of the movement, as well as pamphlets, newspaper cuttings and copies of Woman's Sphere and The Woman Voter, which were both edited in Victoria by Vida Goldstein. There is a collection of biographies of Australian women, particularly Vida Goldstein. Comprises Items 1-447.

Arrangement

Previously unnumbered items have been retained within original files and assigned a new running number with an "A" prefix. The additional numbering restarts at 1 (e.g. "A1) in each series where it has been used.

File 1. Correspondence from Australian suffrage and women's rights leaders, 1900-1959 - Box 4

Correspondents include Vida Goldstein, Beatrice Harraden, Ellie Weymyss, John Vale, Emmeline Pethick Lawrence, Bessie Rischbieth, Harriet Newcomb, Florence Rankin, Eleanor Hinder, Anna Golding, Alice Henry, Edith How-Martyn, Dame Enid Lyons, Senator Annabelle Rankins, Aileen Goldstein, Prime Minister John Curtin, Margery Corbett Ashby, Winifred Kiek, Amelie Walford, Ruby Rich, and J. Cuthbert. Comprises items 1-44.

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File 2. Newspaper cuttings and pamphlets relating to Australian women - Box 4

Women's rally programs, biographical articles, pamphlets, photographs, and "exhibit labels" made by Bessie Rischbieth. Comprises items 45-71.

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Item 2004/4/72. Album with inscription: "Presented to the Suffragette Fellowship by Mrs. H.F. Bennett of Sydney N.S.W." - Folio-Box 45

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File 3. Newspaper cuttings and photographs relating to Australian women - Box 5

Newspaper cuttings and photographs relating to Australian female parliamentarians and women associated with politics. Comprises items 73-86, A1-A2.

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Item 2004/4/87. Autograph album with cover inscription "Presented to Bessie Rischbieth, O.B.E... February 1938" - Folio-Box 45

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File 4. Photographs of Australian women - Box 5

Photographs of early female trade unionists, and related pamphlets and flyers. Comprises items 88-96.

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File 5. Cuttings, pamphlets and notes on Australian women - Box 5

Includes biographical pamphlets, newspaper cuttings and notes about Australian women, including Annette Bear-Crawford, Vida Goldstein, Cecilia John, Ethel Osborne, Ellinor Walker, Joan Rosanove, Annie Besant, Blanche Stephens, Eleanor Hinder, and Edna Lucy Holmes. Also includes articles and speech notes on women's progress in Australia, a political poster, and commemorative items including a Women's Suffrage Roll of Honour. Item 105 missing. Comprises items 97-133.

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Item 2004/4/134. "'Mother of the North': the Late Mrs. E. M. Withnell" magazine cutting mounted on board., 1928-06-01 - Folio-Box (Shared), Folio-Box 46

Obituary for Mrs E. M. Withnell, J.P. Article is adhered to a card backing, and includes a descriptive label by Bessie Rischbieth. Oversized -transferred to folio box.

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File 6. Pamphlets and articles by Vida Goldstein and copies of The Woman Voter - Box 5

Editions of The Woman Voter covering 1919, and articles and pamphlets by Vida Goldstein. Comprises items 135-157.

Related Materials

Selectively digitised. The Woman Voter can be viewed online at http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/title/872

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Item 7. A bound volume of The Woman Voter 1909-1911, inscribed to Vida Goldstein - Box 5

A bound volume of editions of The Woman Voter: The Monthly Letter of the Women's Political Association August 1909 (No.1) to 7 February 1911 (No.16). Cover is stamped with V.G. in gold lettering, with inside inscription to Vida Goldstein. Comprises item 158.

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File 8. Pamphlets and publications relating to Vida Goldstein - Box 5

Pamphlets, flyers and small publications relating to Vida Goldstein; copies of "The Woman Voter" No.1-17. Folder has been selectively digitised, excluding duplicate copies of "The Woman Voter". Comprises items 159-187.

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File 9. Articles and photographs relating to Vida Goldstein - Box 5

Articles written by Vida Goldstein, and photographs and biographical articles about Vida Goldstein. Item 206 missing. Comprises items 188-225.

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File 10. Notes and correspondence copies by Vida Goldstein - Box 5

Notes and correspondence (copies) by Vida Goldstein. Item 226 missing. Comprises items 227-250.

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File 11. Cuttings and notes relating to Alice Henry - Box 6

Newspaper cuttings and notes relating to Alice Henry, a prominent trade unionist. Selectively digitised due to deterioration of some newspaper cuttings. Comprises items 251-259.

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File 12. Correspondence, cuttings, newsletters about Australian women's suffrage and Australian activists - Box 6

Of special interest is a letter from Members of the National Council of Women of the United States to Catherine Spence congratulating women of South Australia on achieving the vote in 1895. File also incudes newspaper cuttings about Australian women. Item 265 missing. Comprises items 260-287.

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Item 2004/4/260. Framed photo: Catherine Helen Spence - Folio-Box 45
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File 13. Cuttings, pamphlets and notes on Australian women - Box 6

Includes newspaper cuttings and notes about Australian women, many of which are mounted and presented as labels (or draft labels) for Bessie Rischbieth's exhibit on women's suffrage. Comprises items 288-310.

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Item 2004/4/311-344. Copies of Woman's Sphere September 1900 - February 1905 - Folio-Box 43

Editions of "Woman's Sphere" from September 1900 (issue 1) - February 1905. Items and pages have been reordered and renumbered for digitisation in date sequence. Some copies are missing pages. Also includes copies of flyers relating to the election campaigns of Vida Goldstein. Comprises items 311-344.

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File 14. Cuttings, pamphlets and notes on Australian women - Box 6

Includes newspaper cuttings and notes about Australian women, many of which are mounted and presented as labels (or draft labels) for Bessie Rischbieth's exhibit on women's suffrage Comprises items 346-372.

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File 15. Cuttings, photographs and biographical material on Australian women - Box 6

Photographs, pamphlets, cuttings and notes on Australian women, including early female parliamentarians. Comprises items 373-399.

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File 16. Material relating to the Edith Cowan memorial and cuttings on Australian activists and parliamentarians - Box 6

Cuttings and notes on Edith Cowan and the development of Cowan's memorial in Perth. File also includes various notes, cuttings and scraps on Australian suffragists, activists and early female parliamentarians. Comprises items 400-447.

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File 17. Large exhibition labels - Folio-Box (Shared), Folio-Box 46

Large labels made for exhibitions and fundraising events. One example "Punch and Judy", likely relates to a children's fair that Bessie Rischbieth hosted at her home "Unalla" in Western Australia in 1957. Items in file are unnumbered.

Series 5. Australian women's organisations

Contained in this series are records of the Australian Federation of Women Voters (A.F.W.V., formerly Australian Federation of Women's Societies for Equal Citizenship), formed in 1921, including correspondence from 1901 to 1966 with other women's organisations and with the Commonwealth Government. The Federation was formed out of the Women's Service Guilds. It lobbied for change across a range of issues related to the rights and welfare of women, children, indigenous Australians, and other groups. The Federation was part of a worldwide network of women's organisations, and was able to put forward woman delegates for various international congresses and conferences, as well as successfully lobby for woman delegates to the League of Nations. Bessie Rischbieth was the first President of the Federation from 1921-1942. In this series, there are also records relating to the National Council of Women, the United Association of Women of New South Wales, the League of Women Voters of Queensland, the Women's Non-party Association of South Australia, the Women's Non-party League of Tasmania, the Women's Service Guilds of Western Australia and the League of Women Voters of Victoria. Comprises Items 1-3032.

File 1. A.F.W.S. notes, papers, and minutes, 1921 - Box 6

Comprises items 1-26.

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File 2. A.F.W.S. correspondence and papers, 1921 - Box 6

Correspondence regarding the history and formation of the first Advisory Committee, and the Australian Federation of Women's Societies for Equal Citizenship, 1921 (later known as the Australian Federation of Women Voters). Comprises items 27-78.

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File 3. A.F.W.S. notes, papers, minutes and newspaper cuttings, 1923-1924 - Box 6

Newspaper cuttings primarily relate to reporting on A.F.W.S. business, and travel for conferences. Comprises items 79-116.

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File 4. A.F.W.S. correspondence and papers, 1901-1922 - Box 6

File contains Australian Federation of Women Voters correspondence regarding equal pay and equal work, maternity allowance, financial and annual reports; correspondence regarding constitution and the formation of the British Dominions Women Citizens Union Australian Federation, and later correspondence under the new name Australian Federation of Women's Societies. Also included are papers relating to national and international activities, congress and meeting reports. Comprises items 117-163.

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File 5. A.F.W.S. correspondence, 1923 - Box 7

Correspondence regarding international activities, conferences, congresses and national affiliations. Comprises items 164-200.

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File 6. A.F.W.S. correspondence and newspaper cuttings, 1923 - Box 7

Comprises items 201-270.

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File 7. A.F.W.S. correspondence, 1923-1924 - Box 7

Much of the correspondence is with international women's organisations on conferences, congresses and discussions of international affiliations. Comprises items 271-336.

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File 8. A.F.W.S. correspondence, 1926 - Box 7

Incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence, mainly about organisation of delegations to congresses, and Rischbieth's appointment to the Board of the International Women's Suffrage Alliance. Comprises items 337-406.

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File 9. A.F.W.S. correspondence, 1927 - Box 7

Incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence regarding affiliations, conferences and activities. Includes correspondence between the Australian Federation of Women Voters (A.F.W.V.) and the Prime Minister regarding the potential reservation of land in Canberra for future use of Australian Women's Organisations. Comprises items 407-534.

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File 10. A.F.W.V. correspondence, 1928 - Box 7

Incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence. Topics include nominations of delegates to the League of Nations Assembly. Comprises items 535-606.

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File 11. Folder of A.V.F.W. correspondence titles "Equal Citizenship Australian Federation State Correspondence Victoria", 1928-1930 - Box 7

Folder of correspondence comprising incoming and copies of outgoing between the Federal office and the Victorian Office. Comprises items 607-763.

File 12. A.F.W.V. Correspondence, 1929 - Box 7

Incoming and outgoing correspondence relating to her position as President of the A.F.W.V. Correspondents include Mary Driver, Carrie Chapman Catt, Sir Eric Drummond, C. Ross Patterson, Daisy Solomon, Ruby Rich, Eva Bowes, Edith Waterworth, Blanche Stephens, the Hon. Dr Earle Page, Edith How Martyn, Marjorie King, Gladys Harrison, Sir George Julius, the Hon J.G. Latham, E.A. Mann, Mildred Muscio, Emily Bennett, E. Hinder, Ethel Osborne, Dr. E.M. Stang, Katherine Bompas, Rosa Manus, Dr. Georgina Sweet, Mrs Britomarte James, Ada Bromham, Prime Minister the Right Hon. Stanley Bruce, Taylor Darbyshire, J.E. Ogden, Ellinor Walker, Mrs Carlisle McDonnell, Senator the Hon J.J. Daly. Topics include business for "The Dawn" magazine, organising delegates for Conferences of the British Commonwealth League and for Congresses of the I.W.S.A., appointment and administrative matters of the A.F.W.V. state brances. Comprises items 764-854.

File 13. A.F.W.V. Correspondence, 1929 - Box 8

Incoming and outgoing correspondence by the A.F.W.V. Correspondents include Prime Minister the Right Hon. Stanley Bruce, Ellinor Walker, Evelyn Caspersz, Ada Bromham, Ruby Rich, Mrs Carlisle McDonnell, Roberta Jull, Irene Longman, Mary Driver, Eleanor Rigo de Righi, Blanche Stephens, Dame Janet Campbell, the Right Hon. Margaret Bonfield, Susan Lawrennce, C. Ross Petterson, D. Solomon, Katherine Bompas, W. Ramsay Smith. Many letters are copies of mailouts to politicials and women's movement leaders to lobby for support on particular matters such as ending use of poisonous gasses in warfare, widow's pensions, and maternity hygiene. Includes certificates of introduction from the Prime Minister and Premier of Western Australia for Rischbieth's chairing of the delegation of A.F.W.V. to the 1929 Congress of the International Suffrage Alliance in Berlin. Comprises items 855-956.

File 14. Folder of A.F.W.V. correspondence titled "Equal Citizenship Australian Federation State Correspondence N.S.W.", 1928-1929 - Box 8

Incoming and outgoing correspondence for the A.F.W.V., primarily of an administrative nature. A folder of letters grouped as item number 957.

File 15. Folder of A.F.W.V. correspondence titled "Equal Citizenship Australian Federation State Correspondence Western Australia", 1929-1930 - Box 8

Incoming and outgoing correspondence for the A.F.W.V, primarily of an administrative nature. A folder of letters grouped as item number 958.

File 16. A.F.W.V. correspondence and papers, 1930 - Box 8

Correspondence regarding conferences, affiliations, and nominations of delegates to the League of Nations Assembly. Comprises items 959-1064.

File 17. A.F.W.V. correspondence and papers, 1930 - Box 8

Correspondence regarding meetings, conferences, affiliations, organisational nominations and letters of introduction. Comprises items 1065-1147.

File 18. A.F.W.V. correspondence and papers, January to June, 1931 - Box 8

Correspondence regarding nominations of international delegates, organisational nominations, conferences, affiliations, the Sugar Agreement and maternity allowance payments. Comprises items 1148-1239.

File 19. A.F.W.V. correspondence and papers, July to December, 1931 - Box 8

Correspondence regarding maternity allowance payments, disarmament, international delegates and general activities. Comprises items 1240-1347.

File 20. A.F.W.V. correspondence and notes, 1932 - Box 9

Incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence mostly regarding the women's delegates to the Disarmament Conference in Geneva, the Assembly of the League of Nations, the Broadcasting Commission, maternity allowance and pensions. Comprises items 1348-1494.

File 21. A.F.W.V. correspondence, 1933 - Box 9

Incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence regarding conferences, disarmament, the 'Dawn' publication, Open Door International. Comprises items 1495-1579.

File 22. A.F.W.V. correspondence, 1933 - Box 9

Incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence regarding conferences, the Assembly of the League of Nations; newspaper cuttings and correspondence regarding censorship. Comprises items 1580-1670.

File 23. A.F.W.V. correspondence, 1934-1936 - Box 9

Correspondence regarding conferences, meetings and activities, international delegate nominations. Comprises items 1671-1806.

File 24. A.F.W.V. correspondence, 1937 - Box 9

Correspondence and newspaper cuttings regarding disarmament and the international Peace Congress in Brussels. Comprises items 1807-1827.

File 25. A.F.W.V. correspondence, 1938-1939 - Box 9

Includes introductions of Jessie Street to women's organisations in the United States of America and Europe for her travel. Comprises items 1828-1890.

File 26. A.F.W.V. correspondence, 1939-1945 - Box 9

Correspondence regarding congresses, conferences and activities. Comprises items 1891-1917.

File 27. A.F.W.V. correspondence, notes, collected ephemera, 1946-1947 - Box 10

A notebook into which is pasted incoming and copies of outgoing A.F.W.V. correspondence. Pamphlets, cards, notes, small publications and various tags are in back of notebook. A folder of letters and inclusions grouped as item number 1918.

File 28. A.F.W.V. correspondence, 1947 - Box 10

Incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence. Primary correspondents include Ruby Rich and Edith How-Martyn. Comprises items 1919-1932.

File 29. A.F.W.V. correpondence, 1947-1949 - Box 10

Correspondents include Ruby Rich, Constance Davey, Mrs. J.M. McDonnell, Edith How-Martyn, Elizabeth Griffiths, Enid Lyons, and Amy Wheaton. Comprises items 1933-1949.

File 30. A.F.W.V. correspondence, notes, collected ephemera, 1950-1953 - Box 10

Correspondence regarding conferences and activities. Includes Bessie Rischbieth's correspondence with the National Library of Australia, particularly with National Librarian Harold White, about donating her collection. Comprises items 1950-2025.

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File 31. A.F.W.V. correspondence and notes, 1954-1958 - Box 10

Also includes personal correspondence. Includes Bessie Rischbieth's correspondence with the National Library of Australia, particularly with National Librarian Harold White, about donating her collection. Comprises items 2026-2054.

File 32. A.F.W.V. correspondence and notes, 1958-1966 - Box 10

Correspondence regarding congresses and conferences, and the donation of Bessie Rischbieth and Vida Goldstein's collection to the National Library of Australia. Also includes personal correspondence. Comprises items 2055-2073.

Item 2004/5/2074. Scrapbook entitled "A.F.W. Voters Press Cuttings 1924-27-28-30-33-1936", 1924-1936 - Box 10

A scrapbook with press cuttings about A.F.W.V. matters. Scrapbook and inclusions are grouped as item number 2074.

File 33. Papers, notes and cuttings relating to the 1st and 2nd Triennial Conferences of the A.F.W.V., 1924-1927 - Box 10

Comprises items 2075-2098.

File 34. Papers, notes and attendees badges relating to the 3rd Triennial Conference of the A.F.W.V., 1930 - Box 11

Comprises items 2099-2140.

File 35. Papers and notes relating to the 3rd Triennial Conference of the A.F.W.V., 1930 - Box 11

Contains some unnumbered items. Comprises items 2141-2149.

File 36. Papers and notes relating to the 4th Triennial Conference of the A.F.W.V., 1933 - Box 11

Comprises items 2150-2209.

File 37. Papers and notes relating to the 5th and 7th Triennial Conference of the A.F.W.V., 1936-1945 - Box 11

Comprises items 2210-2234.

File 38. Papers, notes and collected ephemera relating to the 8th and 9th Triennial Conferences of the A.F.W.V., 1948-1951 - Box 11

Comprises items 2235-2256.

File 39. Paper, notes and photographs relating to the 10th and 11th Triennial Conferences of the A.F.W.V., 1954-1957 - Box 11

Comprises items 2257-2267.

File 40. A.F.W.V. Board meeting minutes and papers, 1927-1938 - Box 11

Comprises items 2268-2294.

File 41. A.F.W.V. Board meeting minutes, 1948-1958 - Box 11

Item 2295 missing. Comprises items 2296-2333.

File 42. A.F.W.V. meeting papers and reports, 1927-1957 - Box 11

Comprises items 2333(B)-2348.

File 43. A.F.W.V. meeting papers 1931, and papers relating to the Jubilee Federal Conference 1951 - Box 11

Comprises items 2349-2353.

File 44. A.F.W.V. constitution - Box 12

Comprises items 2354-2357.

File 45. A.F.W.V. miscellaneous items, 1926-1951 - Box 12

Includes photographs (portraits), notes and papers. Comprises items 2358-2407.

File 46. A.F.W.V. articles, newspaper cuttings, pamphlets - Box 12

Comprises items 2408-2465.

File 47. Photograph of delegates to the 1st Triennial Interstate Conference of the A.F.W.V., 1924 - Box 12

Comprises item 2004/5/2466.

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File 48. Minutes, notes and correspondence relating to the Australian Joint Standing Committee of the Women's Federal Organisations, 1928-1933 - Box 12

Folder of correspondence and newspaper cuttings relating the to Committee c.1928, and minutes and papers of the 1933 meeting. Comprises items 2467-2476.

File 49. Agendas, papers and correspondence relating to the Australian Women's Co-operating Committee of Federal Organisations, 1929 - Box 12

Papers and correspondence are held in two original folders. Comprises items 2477-2478.

File 50. Correspondence, notes and newsletters relating to the National Council of Women, 1923-1956 - Box 12

Comprises items 2479-2518.

File 51. Correspondence from the United Associations of Women of New South Wales to the A.F.W.V., 1930-1957 - Box 12

Comprises items 2519-2542.

File 52. A.F.W.V. correspondence with N.S.W. women's organisations and copies of "Equality" newsletter - Box 12

Correspondence is from 1928-1958. "Equality" is the newsletter of the N.S.W. League of Women Voters. Sporadic coverage from July 1961 - June 1965. File comprises items 2543-2556.

File 53. A.F.W.V. correspondence with Queensland women's organisations and related newspaper cuttings and pamphlets, 1926-1933 - Box 13

Comprises items 2557-2601.

File 54. A.F.W.V. correspondence with South Australian women's organisations, and related newspaper cuttings and pamphlets, 1923-1963 - Box 13

Includes newspaper cuttings celebrating the 60th annversary of South Australian women attaining suffrage. Comprises items 2602-2702.

File 55. A.F.W.V. correspondence with the Tasmanian Women's Non-Party Political League, 1924-1933 - Box 13

Comprises items 2703-2724.

File 56. A.F.W.V. correspondence with Western Australian women's organisations, and correspondence of the Women's Service Guilds of Western Australia, 1928-1959 - Box 13

Comprises items 2724B-2771.

File 57. Women's Services Guilds of Western Australia minutes and bulletins 1928-1954 and newspaper cuttings and photographs - Box 13

Includes portraits and photographs of representatives of the W.S.G. Comprises items 2772-2849.

File 58. Women's Service Guilds of Western Australia papers relating to the Children's Festival 1957, and papers, photographs and drafts relating to "Dawn". - Box 13

Comprises items 2850-2854 plus additional unnumbered material given items numbers A1-A30.

File 59. Folder of correspondence and cuttings relating to the Good Neighbour Council of W.A., and correspondence relating to the Women's Service Guilds of Western Australia - Box 13

Comprises items 2855-2864.

File 60. A.F.W.V. correspondence relating to Victorian women's organisations, 1928-1959 - Box 13

Comprises items 2865-2908.

File 61. Correspondence, newspaper cuttings and programs relating to the Women's Centenary Council Victoria, 1934 - Box 14

Comprises items 2909-2925.

File 62. Pamphlets of women's organisations in Australia and copies of speeches, articles and reports - Box 14

Comprises items 2926-2954.

File 63. Notes, articles, newspaper cuttings, and broadsides from Australia - Box 14

Items 2966-2988 missing. Comprises items 2955-3017.

File 64. Notes and copies of articles on Australian women's organisations - Box 14

Comprises items 3018-3024.

File 65. Newspaper cuttings on Australian politics, 1930s - Box 14

News cuttings are in poor condition. Folder of individual cuttings is grouped under item number 3025.

File 66. Copies of A.F.W.V. circulars, and empty correspondence envelopes - Box 14

Comprises items 3026-3032.

Series 6. Pan-Pacific Women's Association

The Pan-Pacific Women's Association (P.P.W.A.) was formed in 1928 when its first triennial conference was held. It was renamed the Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women's Association (P.P.S.E.A.W.A.) in 1955. There is correspondence from 1929 to 1957, photographs, newspaper cuttings and copies of proceedings of each conference, most of which Bessie Rischbieth attended, including as leader of the Australian delegations. Comprises Items 1-575.

File 1. P.P.W.A. and Australian Women's Cooperating Committee correspondence, 1928-1930 - Box 14

Items 5-6, 42-46, 55 missing. Comprises items 1-61.

File 2. P.P.W.A. correspondence, 1928-1929 - Box 14

Items 95-96 missing. Comprises items 62-151.

File 3. Notebook of correspondence copies and article drafts relating to Pan-Pacific work and I.W.S.A. Berlin, 1928-1929 - Box 14

Comprises item 152.

File 4. P.P.W.A. correspondence, 1929-1930 - Box 15

Folder of letters grouped under item number 153.

File 5. Correspondence, notes and cuttings relating to the Australian Pan-Pacific Women's Committee, 1929-1932 - Box 15

Folder of letters grouped under item number 154.

File 6. Correspondence and photographs relating to the Australian Pan-Pacific Women's Committee, 1932-1933 - Box 15

Comprises items 155-244.

File 7. Folder of correspondence and reports relating to the Australian Womens Co-operating Committee and the Pan-Pacific State Subcommittee, 1929-1939 - Box 15

Folder of letters grouped as item number 245.

File 8. P.P.W.A. correspondence, 1950-1958 - Box 15

Comprises items 246-260.

File 9. Proceedings and reports of the P.P.W.A. 1st Conference, Honolulu, 1928 - Box 15

Comprises items 261-264.

Item 10. Reports relating to the P.P.W.A. 1st Conference, Honolulu, 1928 - Box 16

Comprises items 265-286.

File 11. Reports relating to the P.P.W.A. 1st Conference, Honolulu, 1928 - Box 16

Includes reports on the history of suffrage in Japan. Comprises items 287-324.

File 12. Reports, notes and newspaper cuttings relating to the P.P.W.A. 1st Conference, Honolulu, 1928 - Box 16

Comprises items 325-342.

File 13. Folder of newspaper cuttings relating to the P.P.W.A. 1st Conference, Honolulu, 1928 - Box 16

Item 343.

File 14. Photographs relating to the P.P.W.A. 1st Conference, Honolulu, 1928 - Box 16

Includes photographs of delegates, and locations visited. Comprises items 344-369.

File 15. Minutes of the Australian Coordinating Committee of the P.P.W.A., 1929-1936 - Box 16

Comprises items 370-392.

File 16. Correspondence, reports and bulletins relating to the P.P.W.A. 2nd Conference, Honolulu, 1930 - Box 17

Comprises items 393-398.

File 17. Reports relating to the P.P.W.A. 3rd and 4th Conferences, 1394-1937 - Box 17

Comprises items 399-401.

File 18. Reports and programs of the P.P.W.A. 4th Conference, Vancouver, 1937 - Box 17

Comprises items 402-412.

File 19. Reports, correspondence and programs relating to the P.P.W.A. 5th Conference, 1940-1949 - Box 17

Comprises items 413-431.

File 20. Reports relating to the P.P.W.A. 6th Conference, Christchurch 1952, and general correspondence on conferences 1945-1955. - Box 17

Comprises items 432-461.

File 21. Reports,photographs and souvenir postcards relating to the Women of the Pacific and Southeast Asia 9th Conference, 1961 - Box 17

Photographs are of delegates and locations. Items 476-478 missing. Comprises items 462-479.

File 22. Papers, newspaper cuttings and notes relating to P.P.W.A. procedings, 1952-1953 - Box 17

Comprises items 480-493.

File 23. Minutes, bulletins, circulars and newspaper cuttings relating to the Australian Pan-Pacific Women's Committee, 1933-1937 - Box 17

Comprises items 494-541.

File 24. Newsletters and reports relating to the P.P.W.A./P.P.S.E.A.W.A Australian state branches, 1936-1957 - Box 17

Includes some photographs of delegations. Comprises items 542-574.

Item 2004/6/575. Pan-Pacific Union badge - Folio-Box 47

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Series 7. International women's organisations

This series mainly includes records of the British Commonwealth League, which was formed in 1925 as a branch of the International Woman's Suffrage Alliance. There is correspondence from 1925 to 1949, reports of meetings and annual conferences as well as miscellaneous records of a few other international committees. The British Commonwealth League is now known as the Commonwealth Countries League. Comprises Items 1-616.

File 1. A.F.W.V. correspondence with international women's organisations, 1923-1959 - Box 18

Correspondence is primarily to Bessie Rischbieth. Correspondents include Florence Underwood, E.M. Turner, Norah March, Princess Alexandrine Cantacuzene, Dr Noel, Alison Neilans, Marie-Louise Berg, Belle Sherwin, Elizabeth Hawes, Louise Stanley, Margery Corbett Ashby, Alice Parsons, Clara Novello Davies, Prime Minister John Curtin, Mary Wingman, Dr A.W. Henny, Dorothy Woodman, M.S. Niblock, Daisey Bates, Katherine Bompas, Elizabeth Gainsworthy, Sylvia Moore, Joseph Green, Sir Keith Officer, Norah McCarthy. Comprises items 1-60.

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File 2. A.F.W.V. correspondence with international women's organisations, 1924-1930 - Box 18

Correspondence is primarily between bessie Rischbieth and leaders of the British Commonwealth League and the International Women Suffrage Alliance. Correpondents include Rosa manus, Carrie Chapman-Catt, Margery Corbett Ashby, Mrs. John Jones, M. Chave Collison, Ada Bromham, Julia Rapke, Daisy Solomon, E.M. Duncan, Ruby Rich, Irene Parker Crane. Items 76 and 111 missing. Comprises items 61-117.

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File 3. A.F.W.V. correspondence with British Commonwealth League, 1931-1949 - Box 18

Correspondence is primarily between bessie Rischbieth and leaders of the British Commonwealth League and the International Women Suffrage Alliance. Correpondents include Linda Littlejohn, Ruby Rich, M.Chave Collison, Daisy Solomon, M. Jeremiah Cook, Mrs. John Jones, Mrs. Carlisle McDonnell, Dorothy Innes, Ethel Osbourne, Mrs Jamieson Williams, Isabel Johnston, and H.M. Toddhunter. Items 145-147 missing. Comprises items 118-191.

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File 4. Correspondence, notes and cuttings on the British Commonwealth League, including the 1928 lecture tour of Maude Royden to Australia, 1927-1929 - Box 18

Comprises items 192-202.

File 5. Articles and reports relating to conferences of the British Commonwealth League, 1926-1954 - Box 18

Item 207 missing. Comprises items 203-230.

File 6. Correspondence and conference reports relating to the British Commonwealth League, 1927-1951 - Box 18

Comprises items 231-281.

File 7. Correspondence and reports relating to the British Commonwealth League, 1926-1954 - Box 18

Item 308 missing. Comprises items 282-317.

File 8. Notes, reports and cuttings related to the British Commonwealth League - Box 18

Comprises items 318-360.

File 9. Notes and newsletters relating to the Women's International Democratic Federation - Box 19

Comprises items 361-376.

File 10. Correspondence and newspaper clippings relating to the World Woman's Party - Box 19

Comprises items 377-392.

File 11. Circulars and newsletters relating to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Box 19

Comprises items 393-396.

File 12. Broadcast addresses, speeches, notes and pamphlets on International Women's Day - Box 19

Comprises items 397-429.

File 13. Copies of International Women's News - Box 19

Organ of the International Alliance of Women. Earlier editions are called The International Woman Suffrage News: The monthly organ of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance. The Alliance changed its name 1946. Sporadic coverage from 1928-1958. Comprises items 430-453.

File 14. Copies of International Women's News - Box 19

Organ of the International Alliance of Women. Earlier editions are called The International Woman Suffrage News: The monthly organ of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance. The Alliance changed its name 1946. Sporadic coverage from 1934-1964. Comprises items 454-494.

File 15. Notes and newspaper cuttings on international women's issues - Box 19

Comprises items 495-541.

File 16. Publication: An Experiment in Co-Operation, 1925-1945: The history of the liaison committee of women's international organisations - Box 19

Comprises item 542.

File 17. Miscellaneous articles on international subjects, newspaper cuttings and pamphlets - Box 19

Comprises items 543-585.

File 18. Photographs relating to international engagements and representations - Box 19

Item 614 shows Bessie Rischbieth wearing the Order of the British Empire medal after her investiture at Buckingham Palace July 1935. Other photos include portraits of women associated with international congresses including Margaret Corbet Ashby, Ruby Rich, and photographs of groups of delegates. Items 612-613 missing. Comprises items 585-616.

Separated Materials

The Order of the British Empire Medal awarded to bessie Rischbieth is held at a separate catalogue record at http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/609172.

Series 8. International Women's Suffrage Alliance

This series contains records of the International Women's Suffrage Alliance (I.W.S.A.), founded in 1904. From 1926 it became the International Alliance of Women for Suffrage and Equal Citizenship, and in 1946 became the International Alliance of Women (I.A.W.). There is correspondence between Mrs Rischbieth and the Alliance from 1919 to 1962, reports and photographs of triennial congresses from 1923 to 1961, and minutes of board meetings of the Alliance. Comprises Items 1-963.

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Folders 10-24 have had new item numbers attributed to rectify a previous numbering issue.

File 1. I.W.S.A. correspondence, 1919-1923 - Box 20

Comprises items 1-32.

File 2. I.W.S.A. correspondence, 1923-1927 - Box 20

Items 105-107 missing. Comprises items 33-109.

File 3. I.W.S.A. correspondence, 1928-1929 - Box 20

Item 115 is a folder of 1929 corrrespondence. Comprises items 110-115.

File 4. I.W.S.A. correspondence, 1931-1947 - Box 20

Item 116 is a folder of correspondence. Items 118 and 129 missing. Comprises items 116-143.

File 5. I.W.S.A. correspondence, 1955-1962 - Box 20

Comprises items 144-171.

Item 2004/8/172. Box of medals, pins and ribbons - Folio-Box 47

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File 6. I.W.S.A. history 1904-1929, newsletters, and newspaper cuttings - Box 20

Comprises items 173-194.

Item 2004/8/195-244. I.W.S.A. 9th Congress, Rome, 1923 - Folio-Box 45

Photographs and notes on the 1923 Rome Congress, which was opened by Prime Minister of Italy Benito Mussolini, before Italian women had achieved suffrage.

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File 7. Reports, notes, newsletters and photographs relating to the I.W.S.A. 9th Congress, Rome, 1923 - Box 20

Item 258 missing. Comprises items 245-262.

File 8. Reports, notes, newsletters and photographs relating to the I.W.S.A. 10th Congress, Paris, 1926 - Box 20

Comprises items 263-324.

File 9. Reports, notes, newsletters and photographs relating to the I.W.S.A. 11th Congress, Berlin, 1929 - Box 21

Comprises items 325-392.

File 10. Correspondence and reports relating to the I.W.S.A. 11th Congress, Berlin, 1929 - Box 21

Grouped in a original file, but individualy numbered. Comprises items 393-502.

File 11. Broadsides - Box 21

Multiple copies of broadsides on topics including "Why non-party government is necessary in Australia", "Finance and industry", "The basic wage", "Equal pay", sponsored by various organisations. Comprises items 503-510.

File 12. Reports, notes, newsletters and photographs relating to the I.W.S.A. 12th Congress, Istanbul, 1935 - Box 21

Includes extensive photographic coverage of the Congress, including delegates, Congress proceedings and travel in Turkey. Of special interest are photographs of Bessie Rischbieth and Ruby Rich as delegates. Comprises items 511-616.

File 13. Ephemera and newspaper cuttings on the funeral procession of King George V, 1936 - Box 21

Includes news articles, funeral program, and two tickets to the Royal Funeral Procession. Comprises items 617-626.

File 14. Notes, pamphlets and photographs relating to the I.W.S.A. 13th Congress, Copenhagen, 1939 - Box 21

Comprises items 627-650.

File 15. Correspondence and reports relating to the Women's International Congress, Paris, 1945 - Box 21

Congress International des Femmes. Comprises items 651-676.

File 16. Correspondence and copies of speeches and resolutions relating to the 14th (1946) and 16th (1952) Congresses of the I.W.S.A. and the Special Committee, 1933 - Box 21

Comprises items 677-710.

Item 2004/8/711. Album: International Alliance of Women Golden Jubilee Congress 1955 - Folio-Box 45

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File 17. Correspondence, reports, pamphlets and photographs relating to the I.W.S.A. 17th Congress, Colombia, 1955 - Box 22

Comprises items 712-772.

File 18. Correspondence, reports, and copies of speeches relating to the I.W.S.A. 17th Congress, Colombia, 1955 - Box 22

Comprises items 773-789.

File 19. Reports, and broadcast addresses, meeting proceedings and newspaper cuttings relating to the I.W.S.A. 17th Congress, Colombia, 1955 - Box 22

Comprises items 790-820.

File 20. Notes, meeting proceedings and travel pamphlets relating to the 18th (1958) and 19th (1961) Congresses of the I.W.S.A. - Box 22

Comprises items 821-837.

File 21. Committee minutes, Board minutes and constitution of the I.W.S.A., 1926-1930 - Box 22

Comprises items 838-846.

File 22. Correspondence and agendas relating to Board meetings of the I.W.S.A., 1933-1939 - Box 22

Comprises items 847-874.

File 23. Committee and Board reports of the I.W.S.A., 1954-1962 - Box 22

Comprises items 875-920.

File 24. Biographical materials including French pamphlets of I.W.S.A. personalities - Box 22

Includes Carrie Chapman-Catt, Mrs Malaterre-Sellier, Emilie Gourd, Bessie Rischbieth, Maud Wood Park, Jame Page, Rosa Manus, Princesse Alexandrine Gr. Cantacuzene, Mrs F.F. Plaminkova, Belle Sherwin, Ruth Morgan, Lilly Rose Cabrera (Marquise of Ter and Countess of Morella), Dr Paulina Luisi, Dr Alice Salomon, and Frances Sterling. Comprises items 921-940.

File 25. I.W.S.A. - meetings of the British Overseas Committee, 1923-1925 - Box 22

Comprises items 941-963.

Series 9. League of Nations

The Australian Federation of Women Voters worked to get women delegates appointed to the League. The series contains reports of sessions attended by Australian women, photographs of delegates, correspondence and notes on different sessions of the League, especially for 1935 when Bessie Rischbieth was an alternate delegate. Also included is material on the International Peace Campaign. Comprises Items 1-542.

File 1. Pamphlets, publications and photographs relating to the International Labour Organisation (I.L.O.) and related conferences - Box 23

Items 26 and 29 missing from file. Comprises items 1-37.

File 2. Photographs and cuttings of League of Nations delegates, 1920s and 1930s - Box 23

Comprises items 38-56.

File 3. Correspondence relating to the selection of woman delegates to the League, 1926 and 1927 - Box 23

Item 59 missing. Comprises items 57-77.

File 4. Reports 1926-1929, and copies of the Journal of the 10th Assembly (1929) - Box 23

Comprises items 78-97, A1-A5.

File 5. Correspondence, reports, notes and photographs relating to the League, 1923-1932 - Box 23

Comprises items 98-137.

File 6. Correspondence and reports relating to the Disarmament Committee, 1929-1939 - Box 23

Item 138 missing from numbering. Comprises items 138-188.

File 7. Committee proceedings, resolution drafts, and copies of the Official Journal, 1933-1935 - Box 23

Comprises items 189-208.

File 8. Photographs of League of Nations Assembly, Geneva, 1935 - Box 23

Item 209 missing. Comprises items 210-231.

File 9. League of Nations Report on Slavery, 1935 - Box 23

Comprises items 232-238.

File 10. Notes for press interviews on League of Nations Assembly, Geneva, 1935 - Box 24

Comprises items 239-271.

File 11. Correspondence, reports, minutes and cuttings relating to the League, 1933-1936 - Box 24

282-290 missing from numbering. Comprises items 272-331.

File 12. Reports and official minutes of League Assemblies and Committees, 1932-1937 - Box 24

Comprises items 332-341.

File 13. Newspaper cuttings including interviews on return from League Assembly, 1935-1937 - Box 24

A folder of newspaper cuttings grouped as item number 342.

File 14. Notes for speeches as League of Nations delegate - Box 24

Comprises items 345-510.

File 15. Statements and reports relating to the Open Door Council - Box 24

Comprises items 511-514.

File 16. Constitution, notes, agendas and cuttings relating to the International Peace Campaign, 1935-1937 - Box 24

Comprises items 515-542.

Series 10. United Nations

The series commences with notes and cuttings on the Dumbarton Oaks conference (August-October 1944) and the London International Assembly (of which Bessie Rischbieth was a member), which preluded the United Nations Organisation in 1945. The bulk of this series consists of reports of the United Nations Commission on the status of women. Comprises Items 1-140.

File 1. Reports, minutes and resolutions relating to the London International Assembly 1942-1944, and cuttings relating to the Dumbarton Oaks Conference, 1944 - Box 25

Comprises items 1-32.

File 2. Reference papers and reports for United Nations General Assemblies and committees, 1945-1948 - Box 25

Comprises items 33-50.

File 3. Reports of the Status of Women Commission (United Nations Economic and Social Council), 1948-1949 - Box 25

Comprises items 51-63.

File 4. Meeting papers of the Commission on the Status of Women, 1952, and papers on human rights 1949-1952 - Box 25

Comprises items 64-78.

File 5. Meeting papers of the Commission on the Status of Women, 1952 - Box 25

Comprises items 79-97.

File 6. Minutes of the Australian Association for the United Nations, 1953-1957, and meeting papers of the Commission on the Status of Women, 1955-1956 - Box 25

Comprises items 98-115.

File 7. United Nations publications and pamphlets - Box 25

Comprises items 116-139.

File 8. Newspaper cuttings on the United Nations, 1941-1958 - Box 25

Folder of cuttings. Item 140.

Series 11. Files on countries and related research subjects

The series consists of items (mainly pamphlets and cuttings) collected by Bessie Rischbieth when visiting various countries, or gathering research material for reports. Some files include correspondence related to visits, and many include photographs, copies of reports and speeches presented at international conferences and congresses as they relate to the country/region subject of each file. Comprises Items 1-870.

File 1. Abyssinia - Box 26

Comprises items 1-6.

File 2. Africa - Box 26

Mainly relating to South Africa. Comprises items 7-16.

File 3. Australian pamphlets - Box 26

Comprises items 17-38.

File 4. Australian pamphlets and publications - Box 26

Comprises items 39-62.

File 5. Collected ephemera and cuttings on Royal Visits to Australia, 1901, 1927, 1934 - Box 26

Includes copies of an Address of Welcome to the Duke of Gloucester from the A.F.W.V. in 1934. Also includes invitations to receptions, and Banquet program. Comprises items 53-89.

File 6. Song books - Box 26

Includes Australian songs, several national anthems, and Christmas carol song books. Comprises items 90-105.

File 7. Australian newspaper cuttings and miscellaneous notes - Box 26

Comprises items 106-162.

File 8. Canberra - Box 26

Comprises items 163-192.

File 9. British newspaper cuttings - Box 26

Comprises items 193-310.

File 10. British newspaper cuttings - Box 27

Comprises items 312-347.

File 11. British newspaper cuttings - Box 27

Comprises items 348-388.

File 12. Music - Madam Clara Novello Davies - Box 27

446-455 missing from item numbering. Comprises items 389-466.

File 13. Material collected while traveling in Britain - Box 27

Cuttings, pamphlets and notes. Comprises items 467-486.

File 14. Britain - journals - Box 27

Comprises items 487-489.

File 15. China - Box 27

Comprises items 490-515.

File 16. Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestine - Box 27

Comprises items 516-547.

File 17. France - postcards - Box 27

Comprises items 548-558.

File 18. Greece - Box 27

Comprises items 559-561.

File 19. India - Box 27

Comprises items 562-588.

Item 20. India - Box 27

Includes newspaper cuttings, notes and photographs. Some photographs relate to the provenance of the piece of handspun cotton purchased from Gandhi's Ashram (see MS 2004/3/159c). Comprises items 589-665.

File 21. India - Box 28

Item 707 missing. Comprises items 666-735.

File 22. Iran - Box 28

Comprises items 736-749.

File 23. Italy - Box 28

Comprises items 750-751.

File 724. Japan - Box 28

Comprises items 752-753.

File 25. New Guinea - Box 28

Comprises items 754-775.

File 26. Pacific Region - Box 28

Comprises items 776-807.

File 27. Palestine - Box 28

Comprises items 808-833.

File 28. Russia - Box 28

Comprises items 834-839.

File 29. Sweden - Box 28

Comprises item 840.

File 30. United States of America - Box 28

Comprises items 841-861.

File 31. United States of America - Box 28

Comprises items 862-870.

Series 12. Files on special subjects

This series consists of research material collected on specific subjects, but also includes correspondence often generated by involvement of the Autralian Federation of Women Voters in these subjects. Particularly valuable is the correspondence on constitutional reform in Australia (1924-1931), material relating to the Status of Women (including the nationality of women and equal pay) and correspondence relating to the Commonwealth Sugar agreement (1930-1931). Other subjects include Aboriginal rights, child welfare, disarmament, education, imperial conferences, marriage laws, mental hygiene, national insurance, natural childbirth, prostitution, religion, status of women, unemployment, unmarried mothers and widows. Comprises items 1-3031.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this collection may contain images or names of deceased persons in photographs or printed material.

File 1. Aboriginal peoples - correspondence and cuttings, 1927-1934 - Box 29

Correspondence and research files on this topic broadly cover subjects such as treatment of Aboriginal people in prison, social policies on employment and housing, and advocacy around self-governance. Also includes copies of advocacy letters on behalf of people undergoing criminal trials. Comprises items 1-81.

File 2. Aboriginal peoples - correspondence, 1935-1942 - Box 29

Correspondence and research files on this topic broadly cover subjects such as treatment of Aboriginal people in prison, social policies on employment and housing, and advocacy around self-governance. Also includes some copies of correspondence to Jessie Street, a feminist who was also very active in the area of Aboriginal rights. Corresponding organisations include the Anti-Slavery and Aborigines protection Society, and the Australian Aborigines' Amelioration Society. Comprises items 82-111.

File 3. Aboriginal peoples - correspondence, 1944-1955 - Box 29

Correspondence and research files on this topic broadly cover subjects such as treatment of Aboriginal people in prison, social policies on employment and housing, and advocacy around self-governance. Included in this file is an account of a measles outbreak in the Northern Territory and South Australia, and related correspondence. Comprises items 112-161.

File 4. Aboriginal peoples - newspaper cuttings, 1930s - Box 29

Correspondence and research files on this topic broadly cover subjects such as treatment of Aboriginal people in prison, social policies on employment and housing, and advocacy around self-governance. Folder of cuttings grouped as item number 162.

File 5. Aboriginal peoples - circulars, 1950s - Box 29

Correspondence and research files on this topic broadly cover subjects such as treatment of Aboriginal people in prison, social policies on employment and housing, and advocacy around self-governance. Item 163 missing. Comprises items 164-184.

File 6. Aboriginal peoples - policy pamphlet and notes, 1930s - Box 29

Correspondence and research files on this topic broadly cover subjects such as treatment of Aboriginal people in prison, social policies on employment and housing, and advocacy around self-governance. Comprises items 185-214.

File 7. Aboriginal peoples - pamphlets and reports - Box 29

Census reports, and papers on the 1936 Royal Commission. Topics of papers include marriage, employment, and Indigenous enfranchsement. Comprises items 215-234.

File 8. Aboriginal peoples - newspaper cuttings and notes, 1930s-1940s - Box 29

Correspondence and research files on this topic broadly cover subjects such as treatment of Aboriginal people in prison, social policies on employment and housing, and advocacy around self-governance. Comprises items 235-303.

File 9. Aboriginal peoples - reports and notes - Box 30

Correspondence and research files on this topic broadly cover subjects such as treatment of Aboriginal people in prison, social policies on employment and housing, and advocacy around self-governance. Comprises items 304-378.

File 10. Aboriginal peoples - newspaper cuttings - Box 30

Newspapers cuttings, pamphlets, and copies of a 1936 bill to amend the Aborigines Act, 1905. Comprises items 379-406.

File 11. Aboriginal peoples - newspaper cuttings and pamphlets - Box 30

Anti-slavery pamphlets. Comprises items 407-469.

File 12. Aboriginal peoples - reports, articles, pamphlets and notes - Box 30

Contents include collected papers on the Moseley Royal Commission, 1934, and citizenship status. Comprises items 470-498.

File 13. Aboriginal peoples - reports - Box 30

Includes copies of Western Australian Royal Commission reports (1904 and 1927), and other Parliamentary reports. Comprises items 499-505.

File 14. Aboriginal peoples - reports, 1929-1932 - Box 30

Comprises items 506-511.

File 15. Aboriginal peoples - reports, 1933-1937 - Box 30

Comprises items 512-519.

File 16. Aboriginal peoples - reports, 1936-1937 - Box 31

Comprises items 520-525.

File 17. Aboriginal peoples - reports, 1937-1958 - Box 31

Comprises items 526-534.

File 18. Aboriginal peoples - pamphlets - Box 31

Includes anti-slavery pamphlets and pamphlets on "protection" policies and programs. Comprises items 535-551.

File 19. Aboriginal peoples - articles and newspaper cuttings - Box 31

Comprises items 552-604.

File 20. Child Welfare - Box 31

Comprises items 605-625.

File 21. Child welfare - Box 31

Comprises items 626-662.

File 22. Child welfare - Box 31

Comprises items 663-695.

File 23. Constitutional reform - correspondence - Box 31

Comprises items 696-724.

File 24. Constitutional reform - notes and political flyers - Box 31

Comprises items 725-790.

File 25. Constitutional reform - notes, pamphlets and articles - Box 31

835-844 missing from item numbering. Comprises items 791-853.

File 26. Constitutional review 1930s including Western Australian secession movement - Box 32

Item 855 has been removed from folder and is itemised separately. Comprises items 854-873.

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File 27. Constitutional review 1930s - Box 32

Comprises items 874-929.

File 28. Royal Commission on the Federal Constitution, 1927 - Box 32

Comprises item 930.

File 29. Royal Commission on the Federal Constitution - Box 32

Comprises items 931-934.

File 30. Western Australian secession movement 1930s - Box 32

Comprises items 935-940.

File 31. Constitutional review 1930s and 1957 - Box 32

Comprises items 941-995.

File 32. Report of Joint Committee on Constitutional Review - Box 32

Comprises items 996-1000.

File 33. Constitutional review - A.F.W.V. correspondence and newspaper cuttings - Box 32

Comprises items 1001-1069.

File 34. Disarmament - correspondence, notes and cuttings - Box 33

Comprises items 1070-1133.

File 35. Disarmament - newspaper cuttings, research notes, reports - Box 33

Comprises items 1134-1226.

File 36. Disarmament - cartoons, broadsides and newspaper cuttings - Box 33

Comprises items 1227-1272.

File 37. Education - correspondence and newspaper cuttings - Box 33

Comprises items 1273-1311.

File 38. Economics systems, Social Credit - Box 33

Comprises items 1312-1324.

File 39. Education - Chalice Well Summer School, Glastonbury - Box 33

Comprises items 1325-1378.

File 40. Imperial Conference, 1926 - notes and newspaper cuttings - Box 33

Comprises items 1379-1386.

File 41. Marriage and divorce laws - correspondence - Box 33

Comprises items 1387-1408.

File 42. Marriage and divorce laws - notes and articles - Box 33

Comprises items 1409-1480.

File 43. Mental hygiene - Box 33

Comprises items 1481-1495.

File 44. National insurance - Box 33

Item 1639 missing. Comprises items 1496-1645.

File 45. Natural childbirth - Box 33

Comprises items 1646-1649.

File 46. A.F.W.V. correspondence with the Association for Moral and Racial Hygiene (London) and Australian state branches - Box 34

Subjects include trafficking in women and children. Comprises items 1650-1730.

File 47. A.F.W.V. correspondence with the Association for Moral and Racial Hygiene - Box 34

Includes subjects such as trafficking in women and children. Comprises items 1731-1776.

File 48. A.F.W.V. correspondence gathering information on prostitution, venereal disease, and trafficking of women - Box 34

Comprises items 1776-1808.

File 49. Sterilisation - Box 34

Comprises items 1809-1821.

File 50. Prostitution, sterilisation, trafficking of women and children, birth control - Box 34

Comprises items 1822-1869.

File 51. Prostitution, child endowment - Box 34

Comprises items 1870-1888.

File 52. Prostitution, trafficking of women - Box 34

Comprises items 1889-1901.

File 53. Prostitution, trafficking of women - Box 34

Comprises items 1902-1916.

File 54. Religion, poverty - Box 34

Comprises items 1917-1921.

File 55. Unpublished essay "A Comparison and Contrast of Theosophy with the Bahai Faith", by J. Bean - Box 34

Comprises item 1922.

File 56. Status of women - correspondence, 1916-1964 - Box 35

Comprises items 1923-2007.

File 57. Status of women - reports - Box 35

Comprises items 2008-2024.

File 58. Status of women - questionnaires, reports, and notes - Box 35

Comprises items 2025-2058.

File 59. Status of women - United Nations reports - Box 35

Comprises items 2059-2089.

File 60. Status of women - League of Nations reports and meeting papers - Box 35

Comprises items 2090-2136.

File 61. Status of women - reports - Box 35

Comprises items 2137-2170.

File 62. Status of women - photographs of international figures - Box 35

Comprises items 2171-2179.

File 63. Status of women - newspaper cuttings - Box 35

Comprises items 2180-2207.

File 64. Status of women - newspaper cuttings - Box 35

Comprises items 2208-2262.

File 65. Nationality of married women - correspondence, 1914-1932 - Box 36

Comprises items 2263-2291.

File 66. Nationality of married women - correspondence, 1932 - Box 36

Comprises items 2292-2334.

File 67. Nationality of married women - correspondence, 1932-1933 - Box 36

Comprises items 2335-2376.

File 68. Nationality of married women - correspondence, 1933-1935 - Box 36

Comprises items 2377-2510.

File 69. Nationality of married women - newspaper cuttings and reports - Box 36

Comprises items 2511-2568.

File 70. Nationality of married women - newspaper cuttings and pamphlets - Box 36

Comprises items 2569-2069.

File 71. Nationality of married women - reports and articles - Box 36

Comprises items 2610-2629.

File 72. Equal pay - newspaper cuttings and circulars - Box 36

Comprises items 2630-2714.

File 73. Commission on the Status of Women (Equal Pay) - reports, 1949 - Box 36

Comprises items 2715-2718.

File 74. Commonwealth Sugar Agreement - correspondence, 1930-1931 - Box 37

Comprises items 2719-2762.

File 75. Commonwealth Sugar Agreement - newspaper cuttings and pamphlets - Box 37

Comprises items 2763-2784.

File 76. Unemployment - correspondence, 1930-1943 - Box 37

Comprises items 2785-2814.

File 77. Unemployment - pamphlets, committee papers - Box 37

Comprises items 2816-2884.

File 78. Unemployment - newspaper cuttings, pamphlets, circulars - Box 37

Item 2885 missing from numbering. Comprises items 2886-2981.

File 79. Unmarried mothers - Box 37

Comprises items 2982-2998.

File. Widows, aged pensioners, poverty - Box 37

Comprises items 2999-3031.

Series 13. Material Added in April 1975

Various items of memorabilia including Rischbieth's invitation to and commemorative booklet of the laying of the Foundation Stone of the National Library of Australia in 1966 by Sir Robert Menzies.

File 1. Memorabilia - Box 37

Invitations and entree cards relating to the laying of the foundation stone of the National Library of Australia. Comprises items 1-10.