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Bangor University
Women's Institute, Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS WI

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Women's Institute, Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll Papers

Short Title: Women's Institute, Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll Papers

Creation date(s): 1915-1965

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 10 items

Name of creator(s): Women's Institute, Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: The Women's Institute, Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, founded in 1915, has the distinction of being the first of its kind in Great Britain. A meeting, convened by Stapleton Cotton, governor of the Agricultural Organisation Society, at Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll in 1915 voted for officers and a committee of seven, electing Mrs Cotton, as President, Mrs W.E. Jones as Vice President and Treasurer and Mrs Florence Wilson as Honorary Secretary. The first Women's Institute worldwide, an offshoot of the Farmer's Institute, was founded by Mrs Adelaide Hoodless and Mr Erland Lee, at Stoney Creek, Canada in 1897.
The Women's Institute in the early 20th century, aimed to promote the role of rural women in meeting the changing needs of an agricultural economy, using community action and solidarity. It sought to promote "better living" in rural areas by encouraging the use of more advanced methods in animal husbandry, horticulture and domestic economy, through technical education and training. These aims were based on the work of Sir Horace Plunkett, agricultural pioneer and founder of the first Agricultural Organisation Society and the agricultural cooperative movement.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: This collection consists of documents accumulated by the Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll Women's Institute, spanning the period from its foundation in 1915 till the 50th anniversary in 1965.
It includes minute books of committee and general meetings; two box files and one album containing correspondence and miscellaneous records and papers; a typescript copy of A Grain of Mustard Seed, an Account of the founding of the first Women's Institute in Great Britain with extracts from its Minute Books by Constance Davies, President of the Institute; letters addressed to Constance Davies, 1952-1954, mainly relating to the publication of her work in 1954. Also contains a printed copy of Women's Institute: The Story of the Women's Institute Movement , by J.W. Robertson Scott (1925) and a file of papers relating to the Institute's 50th anniversary celebrations in 1965.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Material was received on separate occasions and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions governing access: Open to all users

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 11850-11852, 11503-11506, 13961, 16510, 24074

Language codes: eng

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Dr Constance Davies, President and Honorary Secretary of the Women's Institute.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Publication note: Constance Davies, A Grain of Mustard Seed: an Account of the founding of the first Women's Institute in Great Britain, with extracts from its Minute Books , Bangor (1954) and Denbigh (1989)
J.W. Robertson Scott, Women's Institute: The Story of the Women's Institute Movement , Oxford (1925)

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, October 2001

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Women | Wales | Anglesey | Societies and clubs | Archives
Women's institutes | History

Personal names
Bullock-Davies , Constance
Plunkett , Horace , 1854-1932

Corporate names
National Federation of Women's Institutes

Places
Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll (Wales)

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