The archive consists of two scrapbooks of manuscript poems, reviews and press cuttings. The volumes contain items relating to the suffrage movement and general news items about politics, art, literature and theatre. There are many press cuttings from 'The Freethinker' and manuscript poems by Simmons. The archive also includes a photocopied surrogate version of parts of the scrapbooks and an index.
Scrapbooks of Bayard Simmons
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Bayard Simmons (fl.1906), author, poet and contributor to The Freethinker, was a member of the Mens Social and Political Union for Womens Suffrage. He was the first man to go to prison for the cause of womens suffrage, spending two weeks in Brixton Prison in 1906.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is partially available for research. The original scrapbooks are not available for research as they are too fragile to produce. A photocopy of parts of the collection is available for use. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their visit.
The collection was deposited in 1999 by the Bishopsgate Institute as an outright gift.
Other Finding Aids
The Women's Library Catalogue
Alternative Form Available
Photocopies of a selection of the scrapbook pages are available. Please order 7BSI/2.
Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements
Fragile - Please do not produce in the Reading Room until conserved. Please use the photocopies instead (7BSI/2).