Scrapbook : Helena Normanton's legal career

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 7HLN/A/03
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 HN/10
  • Dates of Creation
      1917-1920
  • Physical Description
      1 volume and 1 folder

Scope and Content

Scrapbook of press cuttings, letters, flyers, few publications recording the opening up of the legal profession to women

Consists of:

- letter from the Treasury, Middle Temple, refusing application for admission as a student of the Middle Temple 1918 (p 6)

- letters from Claud Schuster, clerk to the Crown in Chancery (pp 8-11)

- case for the Benchers against Miss Normanton's appeal to the Lord Chancellor (p 12)

- Chapter 71 of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 (p 13)

- library card to admit Helena Normanton, student of Middle Temple (p 15)

- receipt of payment due to the Society of the Middle Temple (1919, 1920) (p 15)

- press cuttings showing propaganda work to further the cause of opening the legal profession to women between passing of Representation of the People Act 1918 and the Sex Disqualification Removal Act of 1919 (pp 21-29)

- Inns of court dining terms 1920 (p 34)

- Council of Professional Women abridged report of first year of working Apr 1920 (p 36)

- Grand Day Hilary Term 1920 list of Masters of the Bench and Guests (p 48)

- letters of congratulations on passing Bar examinations (p 53)

- copy of letter to Asquith Dec 1918 to open the legal profession to women (note states that no reply received) (p 57 loose)

- memorial petitioning for facilities for the solicitors (Qualification of women) Bill 1917 to the Right Hon David Lloyd George and the Right Hon A Bonar Law (p 59)

- question for Parliament jointly drafted by Sir Henry Cowan and Miss H Normanton (in Cowan's hand) (p 64)

Loose items

- 'Women and the legal profession' by Holford Knight in 'Contemporary Review' May 1913

- Student card for the Society of the Middle Temple Card entitling Helena Normanton to attend Lectures and Classes for all the Readers and Assistant Readers appointed by the Council of Legal Education

- National Council of Women Annual Meeting Jun 1919 motion on women as barristers and solicitors and pages from Handbook and report of the National Council of Women

- menu for dinner at Middle Temple on 11 Jan 1920

- manuscript poem 'Carmen Vestale'

- St Pancras London. Jury Acts. Qualifications of Persons in St Pancras to serve as Jurors

Note states: 'Leather cover removed in such bad, dirty condition EMC[annon]'