Papers of the Womens' Liberal Federation

Scope and Content

The collection consists of documents generated and kept by the Womens' Liberal Federation over the course of a century. These include correspondence, accounts, publications, photographs, constitutional papers, conference papers, committee papers and minute books.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Womens' Liberal Federation was founded in 1888. It was formed from local Women's Liberal Associations throughout Britain, and performed various activities including fundraising for charities and the Liberal Party. The local associations campaigned on behalf of the Liberal Party in their local areas, and often obtained opinions for the Party on political issues such as Irish Home Rule. The Federation disbanded in 1989.


The collection is arranged by type of document.

Access Information

Accessible to all bona fide readers.

Acquisition Information

The archives were placed on indefinite loan by the Women's Liberal Federation in 1988.


Compiled by Martin Hall, Assistant Archivist, University of Bristol Special Collections.

Other Finding Aids

typescript catalogue available in University of Bristol Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission must be obtained from University of Bristol Special Collections.


No further accruals expected.

Related Material

Pamphlets and newspaper clippings regarding women and Liberalism, 1930-1974 - DM 1568.Extracts from Krista Cowman's D.Phil. dissertation, York, 1994 - DM 1611.