Margery Fry Memorial Trust:Birmingham and Midlands area.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection mainly comprises annual reports, 1961-73 and miscellaneous items regarding penal reform.

Administrative / Biographical History

(Sara) Margery Fry (1874-1958), Social and penal reformer. Fry worked for the Friends' War Victims Relief Committee in France 1914-18. She joined the Labour Party in 1918 and set up house in London with her brother Roger Fry in 1919. She was Secretary of the Howard League for Penal Reform (1919-26), where she campaigned vigorously for the abolition of capital punishment. She became increasingly involved with international penal reform. After her death a memorial trust was set up in her name to assist discharged prisoners by providing hostel accommodation. The Margery Fry Memorial Trust: Birmingham and West Midlands Area opened its first home, Newall House, in Birmingham April 1961. By 1972 it was operating six homes in the West Midlands. The organisation does not appear to be in operation at the time of writing.

Arrangement

The collection has not been sorted or catalogued and remains in the order in which it was received.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the Margery Fry Memorial Trust: Birmingham and West Midlands Area.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

Authority records exist for the Margery Fry Memorial Trust: Birmingham and West Midlands Area (GB 152 AAR2025); Margery Fry (GB 152 AAR2028) and the Howard League for Penal Reform (ref. GB 152 AAR0714).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

No appraisal, destruction or scheduling has taken place

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre holds the papers of the Howard League for Penal Reform, 1895-1977 (MSS.16) which include the Penal Reform League.