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RefNo MS ADD 157
Title Stopes (Charlotte) Papers
Date1 1888-1926
StorageSite UCL Special Collections
Level Collection
Extent 3 boxes
CreatorName Stopes; Charlotte Carmichael (1840-1929); feminist and literary scholar
AdminHistory Charlotte Stopes was born in Edinburgh, the daughter of Jas.F.Carmichael, a landscape painter. She was educated in Edinburgh and went to women's university classes (before Scottish universities opened to women in 1892). She took the highest certificates then possible, and a diploma in eight subjects including literature, philosophy and science, achieving a first class honours. She married in 1879 Henry Stopes, architect, civil engineer and anthropologist, and had two daughters, one of whom was Marie Stopes. After marriage, Charlotte travelled over Europe and up the Nile to the Cataracts. She then settled in Upper Norwood and founded a discussion society for ladies and a Shakespeare reading society, the Shakespeare Association. She also lectured in subjects relating to women and to Shakespeare. She received an Award of the British Academy for her 'Shakespeare's Industry' in 1916. In her early days she wrote some stories for Chambers's Juvenile Series, and later wrote many books and articles mostly related to Shakespeare.
Acquisition A small part of the collection was found in the University College London Library basement, and the remainder was transferred from the Librarian's office in 1970.
FindingAids Draft handlist
Description Papers of Charlotte Stopes. The collection mainly relates to Stopes' work on Shakespeare, though there is a little general correspondence, and some notes on women's suffrage and other women's questions.
Repository GB 0103
AccessStatus Open
AccessConditions The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
ReproductionConditions Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.
CatalogueStatus Box list
Language English
Term Womens suffrage
Womens studies
Social studies
Social science education
Internal politics
Electoral systems
PersonKey Shakespeare; William (1564-1616); playwright and poet
Stopes; Charlotte Carmichael (1840-1929); feminist and literary scholar

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