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Annie Gertrude Webb Porritt papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00123

Scope and Contents

The Annie Gertrude Webb Porritt Papers consist of 1.75 linear feet and primarily relate to the various organizations of which she was a member. Types of materials include correspondence, Porritt's published and unpublished writings, minutes; bulletins, printed materials such as pamphlets and brochures, newsletters, notes, and conference materials.

The bulk of the papers date from 1916 to 1932. They focus on the central topics of birth control and women's suffrage, including historical sketches of both movements; materials related to Porritt's position as secretary of the American Birth Control League and as vice-president of the Hartford League of Women Voters, circa 1920s to 1932; and articles on birth control and suffrage for the Birth Control Review. Other topics include files on the Society of Friends, the Joint Committee on Delinquent Women, and lectures on social problems and parliamentary law. Notable correspondents include Alice Stone Blackwell, Mary Ware Dennett, Stella Hanau, Margaret Sanger, and Anna Howard Shaw.

Dates

  • 1898-1976

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

The Papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

Lucy Green Adams owns copyright to Porritt's unpublished works. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Biographical / Historical

Annie Webb was born in Manchester, England, on May 5, 1861. Unable to attend university due to her sex, she received training as a teacher at a boarding school. She came to the U.S. in the early 1880s and found a job teaching at Miss Sarah Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut. She married Edward Porritt, a political historian and journalist, in 1891. The couple had four children, Philip, Longshaw, Mary, and Marjory. Annie supported the family through teaching during the 1890s while she and her husband co-authored a history of the House of Commons. In 1901 and 1902, the family lived in England and South Africa, returning to the U.S. in 1903 and settling in Hartford, Connecticut.

Annie Porritt published articles in Outlook, the Independent, the Yale Review, American Historical Reviews, Political Science Quarterly, Forum, and many English journals. From 1910 to 1913 she was Secretary of the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association and spoke frequently in public for women's suffrage. She was the author of many articles, pamphlets, and books, including Causes of the Revolt of the Women in England (1912), The Militant Suffrage Movement in England (1912), The Political Duties of Mothers (1912), and Votes and Babies (1912). With her husband, she was co-author of The Unreformed House of Commons (1903). Porritt also chaired the Birth Control Review editorial board and wrote articles for it; was Secretary of the American Birth Control League in the early 1920s to 1932; and founder of the Connecticut League for Birth Control. She died in a car accident in August 1932.

Extent

4 boxes (2 linear feet)

Overview

Suffragist; Birth control advocate; Author; Journalist. Papers include correspondence, minutes, historical sketches of birth control and suffrage movements, files on "delinquent women," brochures, pamphlets, and other papers chiefly related to Porritt's position as secretary of the American Birth Control League and as vice-president of the Hartford League of Women Voters, circa 1920s to 1932; as well as lectures on social problems and parliamentary law, and articles on birth control and suffrage for the Birth Control Review. Notable correspondents include Alice Stone Blackwell, Mary Ware Dennett, Stella Hanau, Margaret Sanger, and Anna Howard Shaw.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into four series:
  1. I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS (1910-1976)
  2. II. WRITINGS (1910-1921)
  3. III. ORGANIZATION FILES (1906-87)
  4. IV. SUBJECT FILES (1898-1933)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Annie Gertrude Webb Porritt Papers were donated by her daughter Marjory Porritt Bield Blackall to the Sophia Smith Collection beginning in 1976.

Related Materials

Related materials in the Sophia Smith Collection include two pamphlets by Porritt in the Women's Rights Collection (pamphlets on microfiche), and a copy of Porritt's book Woman Suffrage: History, Arguments, Results in the Suffrage Collection and the History of Women microfilm series, available in the SSC and Neilson Library at Smith College. Several of Porritt's other books are available in Neilson Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Joanna Johnson (intern), 2011.
Title
Annie Gertrude Webb Porritt papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Finding aid prepared by Joanna Johnson (intern).
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:15-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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