Papers of Annie Grace Henderson (1888-1974), including 1930s travels in Soviet Union

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Annie Grace Henderson (1888-1974) papers contain notebooks, letters, scrapbooks, photographs, all relating to the life and work of Annie Henderson; there is also a number of published books that were in her book collection.

The papers relate to her early family years, her college years, and her years as a school teacher in London, as well as her retirement years. They cover her interests in Spiritualism and the Occult, her work as a voluntary secretary in the Ethical Union in London, plus numerous photographs, postcards and pictures from her travels. Her interests also included music, art, and drama.

Of particular interest are photographs taken during travels in the Soviet Union in the 1930s, while under communist rule, which was at that time implementing collectivisation, industrialisation, and the First Five Year Plan. Tourism was rare and highly controlled, so photographs have a particular scarcity value.

For the early 20th century, Annie Henderson was notable as a single, professional woman who travelled widely and independently, and as such the collection will also be of interest to researchers of women’s history.

Administrative / Biographical History

Annie Grace Henderson left a collection of her papers and associated documents to her nephew's family after her death. These papers were passed to Cardiff University Library by Mr. Martin Lunn in 2004; he was Ms. Henderson's great nephew. Mr. Lunn, from the Middlesborough area, but living in Cardiff, had held the family papers for a considerable period and passed the papers on to the University when he moved house in 2004.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is available by prior appointment, during 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.