Executive Committee Minutes

Scope and Content

The Executive Committee of the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene held its first meeting on 5 Nov 1915 following the amalgamation of the British Branch of the International Abolitionist Federation with the Ladies' National Association on 15 Oct 1915. This merger was deemed necessary because there was too much overlap in the work of the British Branch and that of the Ladies' National Association.

Meetings were first held at 19 Tothill Street, Westminster; at Orchard House, Great Smith Street, Westminster, from Oct 1920; at Church House, Westminster from May 1928; at Livingstone House, Broadway, Westminster from 14 Jan 1930; at Denison House, Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1 from 1967; Houses of Parliament from 1974; City of London Polytechnic from 1977; at Wyndham Place, London W1 from 1991.

Initially meetings were held at least four or five times a year, but they could be monthly.

The signed minutes show a static agenda. They usually record those present (Chair, members of Executive and secretaries); apologies for absence; minutes of previous meeting confirmed and agreed; business arising; details of correspondence read out; report from the secretary (from 1930s, as separate report from 1966); reports from the Finance Sub-committee and any other sub-committees (eg Organisation Sub-committee); details of resolutions agreed; resignations; nominations and election of Executive Committee members; arrangements for Annual General Meetings; delegates' reports from the International Abolitionist Federation conferences (reports usually attached from 1960) or any other conferences or council meetings attended by members (eg annual council meeting of the National Council of Women); Josephine Butler Educational Trust; any other business.

Minutes for Annual General Meetings from 1923 to 1934 are found in corresponding Executive Committee volumes.

From 1944, minutes can record speakers for the Alison Neilans memorial lecture.

There are no surviving minutes for 1958.

Reports of activities by Joyce Ansell, Vice-Chair, are attached from 1985, which include reports of meetings of the International Abolitionist Federation.