Peace Papers of Dorothy Freeborn Martin

Scope and Content

Correspondence, notes, ephemera and press cuttings.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mrs Dorothy Freeborn Martin, born Dorothy Roberts in Buttington (Montgomeryshire) in 1886, described her family background as "orthodox, conservative and unusually clerical". She became involved with Christian pacifist movements after the First World War, an involvement that continued throughout her life. She was a founder member of the Commonwealth of World Citizens.


Original order has been retained where it could be ascertained.

Access Information

Available to researchers, by appointment. Access to archive material is subject to preservation requirements and must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation. There are currently no such restrictions on this archive.

Acquisition Information

This collection unites material donated to the J.B. Priestley Library in 1974 and 1975 by Mrs Martin's daughter, Mrs G. Trice Bingham, and to the Commonweal Library on several occasions. Between 2001 and 2015 the Priestley Library material was managed with reference GB 0532 MAR.

Other Finding Aids

A box list had been produced in order to make material available as quickly as possible. This will be enhanced in response to user demand.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Press cuttings and many other papers are fragile.

Archivist's Note

Original description of the MAR donation by John Brooker, 2001. Revised and the Commonweal material added by Alison Cullingford in May 2015 and June 2016.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be supplied or produced at the discretion of Special Collections staff, subject to copyright law and the condition of the originals. Applications for permission to make published use of any material should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian in the first instance. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Appraisal Information

Duplicates and irrelevant material have been weeded as seen; pamphlets moved to the pamphlet collection, further appraisal will be carried out as the Archive is catalogued in more detail.


No further accruals are expected.