Papers of Mrs F.M. NcNeille/ the Margery Fry Memorial Trust

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Documentation relating to penal reform and the abolition of the death penalty, including papers relating to the National Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders, National Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty and the Howard League.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mrs F.M. NcNeille was a secretary of the Birmingham and West Midlands Area of the Margaret Fry Memorial Trust.

(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.

Reference: Finding aid to the collection.

Arrangement

The collection is uncatalogued. It forms part of a miscellaneous collection of items found in books accessioned by the University of Warwick Library and transferred to the Modern Records Centre.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre in 1975.

Other Finding Aids

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

An authority record exists for Mrs F.M. NcNeille (GB 152 AAR2235), the Margaret Fry Memorial Trust (GB 152 AAR2234), the National Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders (GB 152 AAR2058), the National Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty (GB 152 AAR0715) and the Howard League (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

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre holds further papers of the Margery Fry Memorial Trust: Birmingham and West Midlands Area, (MSS.138). The Centre also holds papers of the National Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders, National Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty and the Howard League, (MSS.016).

Personal Names