The British Housewives League

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The British Housewives League, 2 Stepney Green, London was founded by Mrs Irene Lovelock in 1945. The newsletter of the League was called 'Housewives Today' and dealt with issues mainly connected with the price, choice and quality of food available. Copies in the collection: May 1950, June 1950, November 1951, March 1952, April 1952 and February 1956.

Administrative / Biographical History

The TUC Library was established in 1922 and was based on the integrated collections of the TUC Parliamentary Committee, the Labour Party Information Bureau, and the Womens Trade Union League. It was run as a joint library with the Labour Party until the TUC moved to Congress House in 1956. The collection was developed for the use of the TUC and affiliated unions, but its specialisation has led to its parallel development as a major research library in the social sciences. In September 1996, the Collections moved to their new home in the London Metropolitan University Holloway Road library. The Library includes several archives. The majority of these were held in the TUC Museum Collection and transferred to the University in 1998.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to bona fide researchers by appointment, at the discretion of the TUC Librarian.

Acquisition Information

Deposited with the TUC at an unknown date.

Other Finding Aids

A card index is available in the library.

Archivist's Note

Description by Catherine Burke, Genesis Project Officer 2002. Submitted to the Archives Hub in 2008 as part of the Genesis 2008 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying is permitted within the terms of copyright legislation, although copying of some items including fragile material is at the discretion of the librarian.

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