HARVEY, Audrey, 1912-1997, charity worker

Scope and Content

Papers of Audrey Harvey, [1960]-1996, mainly comprising drafts of articles, offprints, correspondence and press cuttings relating to social welfare, housing, and homelessness.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1912; educated at Oxford University; spent World War two in occupations consistent with her pacifist convictions, including voluntary work in one of the newly created Citizens Advice Bureaux; permanent worker at the Poplar Citizens Advice Bureaux, East London, 1955-1969; wrote a series of influential articles and pamphlets about housing, social security and homelessness; advised Jeremy Sandford on the TV drama-documentary Cathy come home , 1965; Founder Member, Child Poverty Action Group, [1965], with particular interest in the defects of the benefits system; First Director, Citizens' Rights Office, Child Poverty Action Group, 1970-1972; independent Lay Advocate for local authority tenants in county court eviction proceedings, [1972-]; died 1997. Publications: Tenants in Danger (Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1964); Remedies for rent arrears: a study in the London Borough of Camden (Shelter , London, 1979).



Access Information

Closed until listed.

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Archivist's Note

Sources: British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Conditions Governing Use

Most documents may be photocopied.

Custodial History

Given by the family in 1997.

Related Material

The BLPES holds further material relating to Audrey Harvey in the papers of AEGIS (Ref: AEGIS/1/5) and the Fabian Society (Ref: Fabian Society/E28/5 and G54/1).