Scrapbooks relating to Women's work in the First World War

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This collection consists of press cuttings from national and regional newspapers documenting the work of women during the First World War. The cuttings are arranged in albums under the following headings:

Album 1:

* Medical - Ambulance service, Doctors, Nurses, Hospitals

* Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) - Catering, Clerical, Driving, Horticulture, Leisure, Recruitment, Stable work

* Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) - Drivers, Mechanics, Personal Life

Album 1 also contains one page illustrating Mrs St Clair Stobart's Women's Convoy Corps, on service in the Balkans in 1913 during the Second Balkan War.

Album 2:

* Home Front - Munitions Industry, Land Girls

Album 3:

* Home Front - Public Services [alphabetically, from Baker - Window Cleaner], General

Album 4:

* General - Military Forces and Home Front

Administrative / Biographical History

Unknown.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from TWL Printed Collections, Apr 2007.

Other Finding Aids

Fonds Description (4 folders only)

Related Material

The Women's Library also holds other scrapbooks relating to women's war work:

10/06 Scrapbook [Women's work during the First World War]

10/13 Scrapbook pages of Edith How Martyn: 'Women's War Work', which contains press cuttings on women's activities during the First World War.

10/16 Scrapbook [Women during the First World War]

10/17 Scrapbook: [Suffrage and Women's War Work]

10/23 Scrapbooks of Dame Adelaide Anderson

10/26 Scrapbook relating to women's work in the First World War

10/49 Scrapbook relating to the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS), 1917-19, which as well as documenting the formation of the WRNS, also includes a large number of cuttings and photographs relating to women's war work in general.

There is further material held in The Women's Library Archives illustrating women's contribution to the war effort during the 1914-1918 war. See, for example, files within the London Society for Women's Service archive (Ref: 2LSW) or the personal papers of women involved in medical services to the troops such as the papers of Vera Holme (7VJH), Elsie Bowerman (7ELB) and Louisa Garrett Anderson (7LGA).