Josephine Butler Society
1882-2014 [bulk 1880s, 1890s]
Creator: Josephine Butler Society
Title: Josephine Butler Society
Dates: 1882-2014 [bulk 1880s, 1890s]
The collection contains printed materials from the Josephine Butler Society including The Shield, original pamphlets used during her campaigns, and booklets and flyers about her and her work.
Processed By: Anne Salter
The Josephine Butler Society (England) loaned a number of original materials to Oglethorpe University for an exhibit designed to promote the academic study of enslavement. Dr. Linda Taylor and Dr. Reshmi Hebbar along with librarian Anne Salter devised and orchestrated the exhibit. The Josephine Butler Society, thanks to Val Gore, gave permission to keep all the materials. These original items represent a sample of the printed materials used in Butler’s campaign including copies of The Shield. Butler was able to successfully campaign against the Contagious Diseases Acts and eventually lived to see them repealed by Parliament. Her work was international in scope.
The collection contains printed materials related to the life and times of Josephine Butler. She successfully campaigned to repeal the Contagious Diseases Acts in Great Britain. Her campaigns became international as her movement gained momentum. The Contagious Diseases Acts were a form of slavery. They abandoned the notion of habeas corpus from a select group, placed judicial prerogatives in the hands of police and volunteers, and removed basic liberty from individuals, namely poor women and prostitutes. Under this regulation, the Victorian double-standard of morality reached its zenith.
Josephine Butler Society
Butler, Josephine Elizabeth Grey, 1828-1906.
Great Britain History Victoria, 1837-1901, Biography.
Folder 1 News & Views (Newsletter) 1982, 1992 (2), 1994, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
Folder 2 Membership Form (5)
Folder 3 Helen Mather’s Book Launch Invitations, 2014
Folder 4 Correspondence, 2014
Folder 5 Annual Meeting Agenda, 2014
Folder 6 Booklets – Keeping the Flame Alight
Folder 7 Booklets – Josephine Butler by E. M. Turner
Folder 8 Booklets – Portraits of Josephine Butler
Folder 9 Booklets – Josephine Butler Has Her Say …
Folder 10 The Shield, June 1897
Folder 11 Constitution of the Society
Folder 12 Newspaper articles
Folder 13 Copies of images
Folder 14 Correspondence of Josephine Butler (copies) – 1869 (2 items)
Folder 15 St. Agnes by Josephine Butler
Folder 16 Letter re. Josephine Butler reprinted from The Times, 1957
Folder 17 The Committee of Fourteen, Annual Report, 1925
Folder 18 Pamphlets – Army Reform, 1900
Folder 19 Pamphlets – Revival and Extension of the Abolitionists’ Cause
Folder 20 Pamphlets – State Regulation of Vice (1866-1869)
Folder 21 Pamphlets – The Solicitation Laws – 1948
Folder 22 Pamphlets – The Police and the Prostitute, 1951
Folder 23 Pamphlets – Speech … by Henry Fawcett, 1897
Folder 24 Pamphlets – A Second Letter of Appeal … by Josephine Butler, 1895 (2)
Folder 25 Pamphlets – The Indian Cantonments … 1893
Folder 26 Pamphlets – Sir John Pope Hennessy … Hong Kong, 1882 (2)
Folder 27 Pamphlets – La Sifilis … 1930
Folder 28 Pamphlets – A Guide to the Sexual Offences Act, 2003
Folder 29 Pamphlets – Reply to Lady Henry Somerset’s Scheme, 1897
Folder 30 Pamphlets – Josephine Butler: A Cameo Life Sketch by Marion Holmes
Folder 31 Pamphlets – Venereal Disease by I. Martindale
Folder 32 Miscellaneous
Oversize Material (See Oversize MS Collections, MS. 38)
1 folder of oversize newspaper clipping copies
Please cite Josephine Butler Society, MS 38, Archives, Philip Weltner Library, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia. Permission to publish from this collection must be approved in writing by the Director of the Library, Oglethorpe University.