Scrapbook pages [of Edith How Martyn]: 'Women's war work'

Scope and Content

Loose pages onto which have been pasted press cuttings, mainly from the national press, concerning women's work during the First World War.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edith How-Martyn (1875-1954) nee How, mathematician, suffragist and birth control campaigner, was an early member of the Women's Social and Political Union, one of the founders of the Women's Freedom League in 1907 and the first female member of the Middlesex County Council (1919-1922). She was also the founder of the Birth Control Information Centre in 1929 and remained active in this movement, along with establishing the Suffragette Fellowship in 1926. At the outbreak of the Second World War she moved to Australia and due to ill-health remained in that country until she died in 1954.

Access Information

This collection is available for consultation. Intending readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

Acquisition Information

These pages are inscribed with the following: 'Presented to the LSWS [London Society for Women's Service] by Edith How Martyn'.


Description prepared by Jennifer Haynes.

Custodial History

It is uncertain whether Edith How Martyn was herself the creator of these pages, although it seems probable.