Venereal diseases 2: Defence Regulation 40D

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      GB 106 AMS/B/05/02
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      GB 106 FL314
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Scope and Content

All items have been numbered sequentially (nos 1-136) - order has been retained. Publications to be found in The Women's Library printed collection have been removed and indicated at bottom of field.

Consists of: leaflets, publications, posters, circular letters and some correspondence, and press cuttings relating to campaign to withdraw Regulation 40D of the Defence of the Realm Act

Particular items:

- list of societies appointing representatives to proposed deputation on Regulation 40D (no 8) and list of societies sending representatives to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on 20 Mar 1918 (no 11)

- report of meeting of representatives of co-operating organisations held at Fabian Hall on 27 Jun 1918 (no 19)

- details of prosecutions under Regulation 40D (nos 30, 51, 58, 60, 74, 114)

- resolutions passed at the House of Commons on 13 Jun 1918 and subsequent debates on Regulation 40D (nos 39-44)

- report on the case against the prophylactic packet by the American Social Hygiene Association 1920 (no 91)

- correspondence concerning posters regarding venereal disease displayed in Manchester (1920) (nos 93, 96, 99, 100, 104)


- proof leaflet 'Back to the CD Acts! 40D DORA: an infamous regulation', Aug 1918

- pamphlet 'The management of venereal disease in the civil community' by Lieutenant-Colonel LW Harrison, reprinted from 'The Journal of State Medicine', Apr 1918 (no 3)

- leaflet 'The London Gazette' (Tuesday 26 Mar 1918) (no 4)

- leaflet 'Regulation no 40D Defence of the Realm Act', the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, Apr 1918 (no 15)

- leaflet 'Flappers in peril. The dangers of a leap-in-the-dark law' by an ex-police inspector. Leaflet for meeting on 16 Apr 1918 (no 16)

- leaflet 'Regulation 40D DORA. Minute of the meeting for sufferings', 1918 (no 22)

- leaflet 'The venereal problem and the army', the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, Jul 1918 (no 47)

- leaflet 'Outraging womanhood', reprinted from 'The United Methodist', Aug 1918 (no 60)

- leaflets 'Joint protest meeting against Regulation 40D Defence of the Realm Act in the Large Queen's Hall' on 6 Nov 1918 (no 76-80)

- leaflet 'A new danger. Departmental orders versus legislation for venereal disease' by Chrystal Macmillan, the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, Jan 1919 (no 82)

- pamphlet 'Forty-eighth annual Report of the Local Government Board 1918-1919', London: HMSO and supplement (nos 83-94)

- pamphlet 'Some suggestions as to the duty of the state in the control of venereal disease', Medical Women's Federation, extraordinary meeting on 13 Dec 1919 (no 85)

- pamphlet 'Borough of Portsmouth. Special report on the prevention of venereal diseases' by A Mearns Fraser, Feb 1920 (no 87)

- poster 'City of Manchester. Prevention of venereal disease' 1920 (no 88)

- leaflet 'What every man should know' issued by the Bedfordshire County Council (no 89)

- leaflet 'The necessity for an equal moral standard in combatting venereal disease. The new Swedish law on venereal diseases', 1920 (no 90)

- poster 'County Borough of Salford. Venereal diseases' 1920 (no 98)

- leaflet 'Legislation proposals concerning public health and morals', the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, 1921 (no 103)

- pamphlet 'Venereal disease and the efficacy of disinfection', reprinted from 'The Times' 1921 (no 109)

- leaflet 'Some reasons against the establishment of ablution centres by public authorities. Report of Royal Commission of 1871 on CD Acts' Jun 1921 (no 110)

- pamphlet 'The failure of self-disinfection. An address by Lord Gorell', published by the National Council for Combatting Venereal Diseases, 1921 (no 111)

- pamphlet 'A Catholic view of Regulation 40D', 'The Catholic Citizen', vol 4, no 11, Nov 1918 (no 115)

Additional material concerning the submission of evidence to Committee on Regulation 40D with typescript of evidence of Sir Charles Tarring and list of points in opposition to Clause 58 of the Salford Corporation Bill and copy of Tarring's paper on 'Defence of the Realm Act Regulation 40D' (1918) and leaflet

Press cuttings glued on paper (nos 116-136)

For following publications consult The Women's Library printed collections catalogue:

- leaflet 'The new regulation as to venereal disease', the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, Apr 1918 (no 14) (ref 305.420941 ASS)

- pamphlet 'Prophylaxis and venereal disease', by Dr Mary Gordon, reprinted from 'The Shield', Dec-Jan 1920 (no 20) (ref 305.420941 JOS)

- leaflet 'Venereal disease: the prophylaxis controversy', the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, 1920 (no 94) (ref 305.420941 JOS)

- leaflet 'Prevention of venereal disease. The social aspect of prophylactic teaching' by Douglas White, reprinted from 'The Shield', Apr 1921 (no 105) (ref 305.420941 JOS)

- leaflet 'Revision of policy concerning penalisation of transmission of venereal disease', the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, Nov 1918 (ref 305.420941 JOS )