Stopes (Marie) Papers

Scope and Content

Manuscript and typescript research papers of Marie Stopes, including journal articles on botany, and photographs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Marie Stopes was the eldest daughter of the anthropologist Henry Stopes and Charlotte Stopes, the writer on sixteenth-century literature. Marie was educated in Edinburgh and London. She obtained a first class honours degree and was a gold medallist at University College London. She studied for her Ph.D. in Munich. Marie was the first woman to be appointed to the science staff of the University of Manchester in 1904. She went to Japan on a Scientific Mission in 1907, spent a year and a half at the Imperial University, Tokyo, and explored the country for fossils. She specialised in coal mines and fossil plants. She founded, jointly with H. V. Roe, the Mothers' Clinic for Constructive Birth-Control, 1921 (the first birth control clinic in the world). Marie was President of the Society for Constructive Birth Control and Racial Progress. She was also Fellow and sometime Lecturer in Palaeobotany at University College London and Lecturer in Palaeobotany at the University of Manchester. She published many books, mainly concerning botany and birth control.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by the Geologists Association via Eric Robinson in November 1992.

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