WOMEN, POLITICS AND WELFARE
The Papers of Nancy Astor, 1879-1964, from Reading University Library
Part 1: Autobiography, Political Diaries, Speeches, Articles and Newscuttings
This major project makes available for the first time the correspondence and papers of Nancy Astor and will make a substantial contribution to the examination of:
- Gender and Politics;
- the Origins of the Welfare State;
- Political Oratory;
- Anglo-American Relations, 1914-1964;
- the Rights of Women and Children;
- the Cliveden Set.
Part 1 contains
her unpublished manuscript autobiography, her well-organised political diaries (with the text of all of her parliamentary contributions), notes for speeches (national and local), articles, and her 89 volumes of newscuttings kept in splendid condition, which show how Nancy Astor was perceived at home and abroad. These provide an ideal introduction to her life and career.