Records of the Women's Freedom League Sheffield Branch

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive consists of volume of minutes of the branch, with rough notes of the points made at a Rents Campaign meeting held on the 2 Apr 1932.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Sheffield branch of the Women's Freedom League (1908-1919) was founded in Dec 1908, a year after the beginning of the parent body. That, in turn, had been constituted by dissenting members of the Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU). All levels of the overall group classed themselves as a militant organisation, but refused to attack persons or property other than ballot papers, unlike the WSPU. Furthermore, they operated on the basis of party democracy that had been the initial cause of the break from the WSPU. The body continued its activities until the 1918 bill granting women limited franchise. The organisation was wound up in May 1919.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

Other Finding Aids

Fawcett Library Catalogue.

Related Material

See also the records of the Women's Freedom League held at the Women's Library (2WFL) and two Scrapbooks of Press Cuttings of the Women's Freedom League (10/27-28)