MS 38 Josephine Butler Society

Josephine Butler Society
1882-2014 [bulk 1880s, 1890s]
MS 38

Descriptive Summary

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

Administrative History

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 Butler was able to successfully campaign against the Contagious Diseases Acts and eventually lived to see them repealed by Parliament.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.



Subject Headings

Josephine Butler Society

Butler, Josephine Elizabeth Grey, 1828-1906.

Great Britain History Victoria, 1837-1901, Biography.

Folder List

Box 1

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

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:
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.