Minutes Volume 1a

Scope and Content

Minutes dated from Jan 1913 to Jul 1918

Volume contains minutes of the British Branch of the International Abolitionist Federation dating from 14 Jan 1913 to 15 Oct 1915, before its amalgamation with the Ladies' National Association, to become the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene. Motion to form a sub-committee to consider amalgamation was posed at the meeting held on 12 Mar 1915 and reports from that sub-committee can be read from subsequent meetings.

Inaugural meeting of the Executive Committee was held on 5 Nov 1915. Officers were:

Chairman of Committee: Sir Charles Tarring

Honorary Secretary: Dr Helen Wilson

Treasurer: TR Ferens MP

General Secretary: Miss EF Mackenzie

Assistant Secretary: Alison Neilans

Organising Secretary: Miss FM McNeill

List of vice-presidents, 24 Executive Committee members and co-opted members is attached as well as a new constitution. Also records the sub-committees to be formed: Finance, Investigation and Organisation, Literature and 'Shield', Library, India and the East, Parliamentary, Dominions and Colonies (becomes Overseas sub-committee). Appointments to these sub-committees were made on 12 Nov 1915 - names attached.

5 Nov 1915 for typescript of an interview with the Bishop of Singapore (CJ Ferguson-Davie DD), Mrs Ferguson-Davie, and Mrs Grace Human

Monthly reports from John Cowen began on 17 Dec 1915 - gave observations of prostitution in Colombo, Tientsien Rangoon and Pondicherry, and at Waterloo Road and Leicester Square, London

Mar 1916 - Manifesto of the Report of the Royal Commission on Venereal Diseases

19 Jan 1917 - copy of Helen Wilson's letter of resignation

14 Jun 1917 - alterations to statutes of the International Federation for the Abolition of State Regulation of Vice

15 Jun 1917 and 19 Oct 1917 - gives details of changes to the Police Court Rota sub-committee

Item 530 - the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene's objections to the Sexual Offences Bill 1918 and the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 1918. Signed by Charles Tarring on 17 May 1918

Recurring topics concern issuing prophylactic kits to the army, the deputation of the Order in Council 35C of the Defence of the Realm Act, consideration of 40D of the Defence of the Realm Act, work of Mrs Dixon in India, the Brentford case

Inserted within volume are manuscript notes on the British Committee's work (1911-1912)

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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