Meliscent Shephard: correspondence 1937

Scope and Content

Miss Shephard began the year by addressing the League of Nations Far Eastern conference on traffic in women. By the end of the year, however, political instability due to the rise of the Indian National Congress was making her work difficult as she came under suspicion from both Indian nationalists and British government officials

Correspondence and papers concerning: Miss Shephard at the League of Nations Traffic in Women conference in Java; trip to Burma; Lady Linlithgow to act as patron of the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene in India; campaign against child marriage; award of the Kaisar-I-Hind Gold Medal to Miss Shephard; Miss Shephard's ill health and stay in Mashobra; Imperial Social Hygiene Conference; training Indian policewomen; brothels in Karachi and Quetta; annual accounts; rise of Indian National Congress and nationalism in India; resignation of Miss Mackenzie in Madras; dispute with Indian Red Cross Society


- pamphlet 'League of Nations Traffic In Women Committee Questionnaire on measures for rehabilitation' (1935)

- pamphlet 'Extract from 'The League of Nation's Report on the abolition of licensed houses' issued by The Association for Moral and Social Hygiene (India) and circular appeal letters and petitions for funds (with letter dated 22 Mar 1937)

- uncorrected proof 'Co-operation of the Voluntary Social Services with the Health and Educational Departments', Eight Imperial Social Hygiene Congress, Jul 1938

- 'Notes on The Conference of Central Authorities in Far-Eastern Countries convened by The League of Nations at Bandoeng, Java in Feb 1937' issued by the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene in India

- pamphlet 'Questionnaire AMSH in India' [1937]

Press cuttings:

- 'Traffic in women and children. League to Establish Bureau in the East' from 'The Hindustan Times' dated 29 Sep 1937 (with letter dated 8 Oct 1937)


- Meliscent Shephard, Jul 1937, Mashobra (manuscript inscription on reverse)