Newspapers and periodicals indexes with reference to the Women’s Suffrage campaign in Surrey
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Local newspapers are a valuable source for researching what was happening locally across Surrey throughout the Suffrage campaign. In the absence of formal archives for many of the county’s suffrage organisations, newspapers are often the only record of meetings, attendees and activity. The March of the Women project volunteers have scoured local newspapers for the years 1887 to 1918 for references to Surrey’s suffrage people, places and events. The indexes are designed to be a research tool for anyone interested in the suffrage movement, as well as local, political and family history. They include the names of dozens of local Surrey branches of national political, suffrage and anti suffrage organisations, social reform groups (such as the Women’s Citizens’ Association), and local authority groups (such as the Women’s Local Government Association). The indexes extend to the end of 1918 and include an insight into the suffrage campaign during the First World War, the passing of the Representation of the People Act of February 1918, and the first election in which some women could vote, in December 1918. The indexes sometimes feature places in ‘old’ Surrey before the boundary changes, so you will find mentioned Croydon, Wimbledon, Richmond, Sutton and other areas which are now London boroughs. This is especially the case as Surrey was included in both the London and Sussex and Hampshire regions of the Federation of Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). We hope the indexes will lead to other avenues of potential research and we suggest referring back to the full newspaper article cited for more information.
- Croydon Guardian (incorporating Surrey County Gazette), 1905-1908
- Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, 1887-1913
- Surrey Comet, 1905-1908
- Surrey Mirror, 1894-1913
- Surrey Advertiser (incorporating West Surrey Times), 1908-1918
The indexes have been made into pdfs ( ) for each year, or a collection of years. The indexes can be downloaded or searched using the ‘Find’ or ‘Search’ facility in Adobe Acrobat. Each indexed entry gives the newspaper title, date, subject of the article, persons, organisations and places named (Surrey and beyond), and page number of the article. We advise a broad search technique by searching under a single surname, place, date or event in the first instance. Click on the following links to view pdf ( ) copies of the indexes.
Every measure has been taken to make the indexes correct. However errors can arise due to misprints within the newspapers, poor scan quality, misspellings of names and places in the original articles (original spellings have been used), and human error in the indexing. If you identify a significant mistake please let us know at [email protected] quoting the index name, page and entry, and we can amend it.
For newspaper indexes of Surrey men and women during the First World War please also see our project Surrey in the Great War.
A-Z People Name index
As a further research tool we have also created a separate index of people who are named in the newspaper articles. The index contains over 11,000 names so has been divided into manageable pdf ( ) sections. The information will help researchers quickly clarify a reference to a person and give details where the original article can be found.
Each indexed entry extracts from the newspaper article a person’s title, name, initial, surname, organisations named, whether pro or anti suffrage, the person’s position within an organisation (e.g. treasurer, chairman), places named (Surrey and beyond), the newspaper title, date, page number and article title. As well as the above local newspapers, the index features names and articles sourced from the Common Cause, the newspaper of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), for the key period of activism between 1910 and 1911, accessed via British Newspaper Archive.
Well-known and more active campaigners will have more index entries. For example, a search for ‘Auerbach’ (Mrs Helena Auerbach, Treasurer of NUWSS and chair of the Reigate and Redhill District Women’s Suffrage Society), reveals 10 pages of indexed entries where the surname appears in newspaper articles. If you wanted to narrow the focus to Mrs Auerbach’s support of the Great Pilgrimage of 1913 you could go directly to the entries for that year and scroll through to find the entry to an article from the Surrey Mirror, 1 August 1913, entitled ‘The Pilgrim’s March – A Successful Venture’.
The indexes have been split into sections based on the first letter of the surname. Click on the following links to view pdf ( ) copies of the indexes. The pdf documents can be searched using the ‘Find’ or ‘Search’ facility in Adobe Acrobat.
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The NUWSS Common Cause newspaper is often the only surviving record of branch NUWSS meetings and we have created a further stand-alone index of it covering 1911 to 1914, to capture suffrage activity in the county. The index features over 1750 entries relating to Surrey people and organisations, listed in chronological order. Many known Surrey suffragists and activists are mentioned, including Ethel Smyth, Helena Auerbach, Theodora Powell, the Farrers, the Snowdens, and the Crosfields but equally there are references to individuals for whom very little is known. Click here to view a pdf ( ) copy of the Common Cause index. The pdf document can be searched using the ‘Find’ or ‘Search’ facility in Adobe Acrobat.
Surrey History Centre’s Local Studies Library collection holds a number of periodicals published at a time when the issue of women’s suffrage was gaining publicity and serious discussions surrounding Votes for Women were taking place among politicians and social reformers. Some of these periodicals include useful material for researching the subject of women’s suffrage, education and social and political issues and have been indexed as an extra research aid as part of the project.
Surrey people and places have been extracted where relevant, along with many from the national context. The indexes feature names, places, and a variety of subjects.
Please note that not all the periodical runs are complete and there are gaps in the sequences.
Titles are as follows:
Illustrated London News – this was the world’s first illustrated weekly news magazine, featuring national, international and political news, serialised fiction, arts and social news.
News items include the building of the Holloway College for the Education of Women in 1879, news of female scholars at universities, “The Ladies Column” weekly feature, and discussions about the enfranchisement and taxation of women.
Dates indexed: 1879-1880, 1882, 1884, 1886-1888 (SHC ref J/572/-).
Click here to view a pdf ( ) copy of the Illustrated London News index. The pdf document can be searched using the ‘Find’ or ‘Search’ facility in Adobe Acrobat.
(Please note Illustrated London News volumes for 1881, 1883 and 1885 are not held at Surrey History Centre).
The Annual Register – this was a long-standing annual review of national and international politics and events, including reviews of art, literature and science.
News items include the debate about women voting rights, the reading of the Women’s Suffrage Bill (1897), key national and Surrey suffrage campaigners, obituaries of suffragists, politicians and philanthropists (e.g. Harriet Martineau, Emily Faithfull, Emmeline Pankhurst), suffrage demonstrations (significant entries from 1906 to 1914), and the first female MPs elected.
Dates indexed: 1867-1900, 1902-1928 (SHC ref J/589/-).
Click here to view a pdf ( ) copy of The Annual Register index. The pdf document can be searched using the ‘Find’ or ‘Search’ facility in Adobe Acrobat.
(Please note The Annual Register volume for 1901 is not held at Surrey History Centre).
The Happy Home – this was a women’s magazine featuring a mix of articles including fiction, non-fiction, fashion, domestic economy, cookery, education, and needlework.
News items include illustrated articles featuring the development of ‘Ladies Colleges’, Rational Dress, and discussion of modern women philanthropists, including Lady Henry Somerset (founder of the Duxhurst Colony).
Dates indexed: Volume 1, 1-21, 1895, and Volume 2, 29-30, 1895 (SHC ref J/66/-).
Click here to view a pdf ( ) copy of The Happy Home index. The pdf document can be searched using the ‘Find’ or ‘Search’ facility in Adobe Acrobat.
The Graphic – this was a weekly illustrated newspaper featuring national and international affairs, politics, arts, court and social matters.
News items include women’s suffrage in England and USA, discussions on college education and female doctors, Emily Faithfull, women serving on boards and committees.
Dates indexed: Volume IV, no 83, July 1871-June 1872
Click here to view a pdf ( ) copy of The Graphic index. The pdf document can be searched using the ‘Find’ or ‘Search’ facility in Adobe Acrobat.
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References to national and local suffrage organisations active in Surrey, 1867-1927
This A-Z index features 2070 citations of suffrage organisations and local groups active in Surrey, taken from the newspapers and periodicals indexed for the March of the Women project, covering the period 1867-1927. For example, this could be the reference to a speaker at a local branch of the NUWSS, such as Godalming District Women’s Suffrage Society, or a meeting of a national organisation held in Surrey, such as the Artists’ Suffrage League in Kingston. The index also features a number of other organisations that expressed an opinion on the advancement of women, their education and suffrage, such as religious and social groups, and anti-suffrage campaigners. The organisations are listed alphabetically and the full source in which they appear is cited, such as a newspaper or periodical. In the absence of surviving official archives, the NUWSS magazine, Common Cause, is a key source for the existence of local branch groups, hence all Surrey organisations which feature in the publication between 1911-1914 have been included in this index. Click here to view a pdf ( ) copy of the A-Z list of suffrage organisations active in Surrey, 1867-1927, mentioned in Surrey newspapers and periodicals (including Common Cause 1911-1914). The pdf document can be searched using the ‘Find’ or ‘Search’ facility in Adobe Acrobat.
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