This week's Wednesday Wonder was one of those moments when you really do just go 'hey you'll never guess what I've just found' and hope your colleagues share your enthusiasm. It was the lovely colours of the headed notepaper that first caught my attention. The green and purple is lovely, and I thought, hmmn, this looks slightly familiar. Then I looked closer, it was letter headed notepaper from the Women's Social and Political Union!
|Letter from Rose Lamartine Yates, ref UWT/D/47/1, © Institute of Education|
As you can see this letter is a bit later, from 1933. Rose Lamartine Yates (1875 - 1954) was born in Brixton to French parents. She studied in the UK and in France. In 1909 she joined the Wimbledon branch of the WSPU and by 1910 she was the Treasurer and Organising Secretary of the Branch. In the letter she thanks Ethel Froud (the General Secretary of the NUWT at that time) for inviting her to attend NUWT conference but explains that she was too busy [she was] 'needed here', and was also ill, so she could not make it. It's really interesting that this letter is dated 1933 as the WSPU ceased to exist in 1919 - maybe Rose Lamartine Yates just had an excess of headed notepaper! The WSPU were very much about publicising the cause wherever possible and the collection of WSPU items at the Museum of London illustrates this - they have WSPU green and purple tea pots, badges, sashes, and WSPU stockings!
So thank you for reading, it's been nice to share! Any archivists out there have any favourite finds from their cataloguing work? What about in other professions? Any unusual finds?
N.B. For more information on the content of the NUWT Archive you can search the catalogue here. I also post about the NUWT project on the Institute of Education Library and Archive blog, Newsam News.