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Annie Gertrude Webb Porritt Papers, 1898-1976
4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Collection number: 123

Abstract:
Suffragist; Birth control advocate; Author; Journalist. Papers include correspondence, minutes, historical sketches of birth control and suffrage movements, files on "delinquent women," brochures, pamphlets, and other papers chiefly related to Porritt's position as secretary of the American Birth Control League and as vice-president of the Hartford League of Women Voters, circa 1920s to 1932; as well as lectures on social problems and parliamentary law, and articles on birth control and suffrage for the Birth Control Review. Notable correspondents include Alice Stone Blackwell, Mary Ware Dennett, Stella Hanau, Margaret Sanger, and Anna Howard Shaw.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The Papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Lucy Green Adams owns copyright to Porritt's unpublished works. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Annie Webb was born in Manchester, England, on May 5, 1861. Unable to attend university due to her sex, she received training as a teacher at a boarding school. She came to the U.S. in the early 1880s and found a job teaching at Miss Sarah Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut. She married Edward Porritt, a political historian and journalist, in 1891. The couple had four children, Philip, Longshaw, Mary, and Marjory. Annie supported the family through teaching during the 1890s while she and her husband co-authored a history of the House of Commons. In 1901 and 1902, the family lived in England and South Africa, returning to the U.S. in 1903 and settling in Hartford, Connecticut.

Annie Porritt published articles in Outlook, the Independent, the Yale Review, American Historical Reviews, Political Science Quarterly, Forum, and many English journals. From 1910 to 1913 she was Secretary of the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association and spoke frequently in public for women's suffrage. She was the author of many articles, pamphlets, and books, including Causes of the Revolt of the Women in England (1912), The Militant Suffrage Movement in England (1912), The Political Duties of Mothers (1912), and Votes and Babies (1912). With her husband, she was co-author of The Unreformed House of Commons (1903). Porritt also chaired the Birth Control Review editorial board and wrote articles for it; was Secretary of the American Birth Control League in the early 1920s to 1932; and founder of the Connecticut League for Birth Control. She died in a car accident in August 1932.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Annie Gertrude Webb Porritt Papers consist of 1.75 linear feet and primarily relate to the various organizations of which she was a member. Types of materials include correspondence, Porritt's published and unpublished writings, minutes; bulletins, printed materials such as pamphlets and brochures, newsletters, notes, and conference materials.

The bulk of the papers date from 1916 to 1932. They focus on the central topics of birth control and women's suffrage, including historical sketches of both movements; materials related to Porritt's position as secretary of the American Birth Control League and as vice-president of the Hartford League of Women Voters, circa 1920s to 1932; and articles on birth control and suffrage for the Birth Control Review. Other topics include files on the Society of Friends, the Joint Committee on Delinquent Women, and lectures on social problems and parliamentary law. Notable correspondents include Alice Stone Blackwell, Mary Ware Dennett, Stella Hanau, Margaret Sanger, and Anna Howard Shaw.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The Papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Lucy Green Adams owns copyright to Porritt's unpublished works. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Anne Gertrude Webb Porritt Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Annie Gertrude Webb Porritt Papers were donated by her daughter Marjory Porritt Bield Blackall to the Sophia Smith Collection beginning in 1976.

Processing Information

Processed by Joanna Johnson (intern), 2011.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/
Language
English

Series Descriptions
(1910-1976)
.25 linear ft.

This series provides an overview of Porritt's life. Included are a journal written by Porritt's daughter Marjory on her mother's life, a small amount of correspondence, and materials relating to Porritt's early death, including a newspaper clipping regarding her car accident and condolence letters sent to her son Longshaw.

(1910-1921)
.25 linear ft.

This series contains Porritt's published and unpublished writings, as well as correspondence with various publishers, most of it in regards to her manuscript, "History of the Woman Suffrage Movement."

(1906-87)
.5 linear ft.

This series contains correspondence, conference materials, bulletins, and printed material on the many organizations Porritt was active with, most significantly the American Birth Control League, the Joint Committee on Delinquent Women, and the Connecticut League of Women Voters.

(1898-1933)
.5 linear ft.

The Subject Files primarily contain printed material and some correspondence on the reform movements Porritt was active in, namely birth control and suffrage, yet including some materials on religion, education, and the reform of delinquent women. Also included are autograph lecture notes on a variety of subject about social problems and the law.

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS



Contents


Box 1: folder 1
"The Story of Annie G. Porritt as told by her daughter Marjory Bield Blackall": narrative (21 pp.), genealogical notes, and photographs,
1976

Box 1: folder 2
Photograph, clipping, and biographical sketch,
1932, n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence



General,
1921-32

Box 1: folder 4
From children,
1910-17, n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Condolence letters to Longshaw Porritt on Annie G. Porritt's death,
1932

Box 1: folder 6
SERIES II. WRITINGS



Published articles



"Woman as a Metonymy," The Independent,
June 16, 1910

Box 1: folder 7
"When I Was Young," The Independent,
June 25, 1921

Box 1: folder 7
"The Militant Suffrage Movement in England,"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Unpublished



"Slurred History: Professor McElroy and the Bond Issue of" by R. Ogilby and A.G. Porritt: typescripts, n.d.
1895,

Box 1: folder 8
"History of the Woman Suffrage Movement": typescript and correspondence,
1916-18, n.d.

Box 1: folder 9-10
SERIES III. ORGANIZATION FILES



American Birth Control League

[See also SUBJECTS -- Birth Control]




Minutes,
1923-32

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence with Stella Hanau re: Birth Control Review,
1930-32

Box 2: folder 2
Printed materials,
1923-27, n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
Miscellaneous materials,
1932, n.d.

Box 2: folder 4
Connecticut State Farm for Women

[see also SUBJECTS -- Prison Reform]




Correspondence,
1917-1925

Box 2: folder 5
Notes on cases and programs,
1923, n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
Joint Committee on Delinquent Women: bulletins and program statements,
1924, n.d.

Box 2: folder 7
Printed materials,
1921-29, n.d.

Box 2: folder 8
Connecticut State Traveler's Aid Association: printed materials,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
League of Women Voters



Connecticut



Correspondence: A.G. Porritt,
1931-32, n.d.

Box 2: folder 10
Form letters,
1930-32, n.d.

Box 2: folder 11
Printed materials: The Woman Voter's Bulletin,
1923-32, n.d.

Box 2: folder 12
Conference materials, program, and handbook,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 13
Minutes, committee reports, bulletins, proposed constitution, guide for League members, and publication lists,
1928-31, n.d.

Box 2: folder 14-15
Program suggestions,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 16
Questionnaires,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 17
Miscellaneous materials, including printed material not published by the League,
1931, n.d.

Box 2: folder 18
National: printed materials,
1925-32, n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
National American Woman Suffrage Association: correspondence re: disagreement with the Congressional Union (inc. letter from Anna Howard Shaw),
1914

Box 3: folder 2
Society of Friends: British and U.S. pamphlets, and printed materials,
1906-31

Box 3: folder 3
SERIES IV. SUBJECTS



Birth Control



Correspondence



Margaret Sanger,
1928-30

Box 3: folder 4
General,
1924-32, n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
Printed materials,
1928-33, n.d.


Cummins-Vaile Bill, including newsletter of the National Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control, signed by Margaret Sanger;
1924-31

Box 3: folder 6
Pamphlets and brochures,
1916-29

Box 3: folder 7
Miscellaneous materials,
1929-30, n.d.

Box 3: folder 8
Prison reform programs: programs and printed materials,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 9
Notes on various subjects: manuscript and typescript



A-B
n.d.

Box 4: folder 1
C-D
n.d.

Box 4: folder 2
E-G
n.d.

Box 4: folder 3
Great Britain
n.d.

Box 4: folder 4
H-M
n.d.

Box 4: folder 5
N-P
n.d.

Box 4: folder 6
Q-R
n.d.

Box 4: folder 7
S
n.d.

Box 4: folder 8
Suffrage
n.d.

Box 4: folder 9
T-Z
n.d.

Box 4: folder 10
Miscellaneous
n.d.

Box 4: folder 11

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Subjects
  • American Birth Control League -- History -- Sources
  • Birth control -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950 -- Correspondence
  • Dennett, Mary Ware, 1872-1947 -- Correspondence
  • Hanau, Stella, 1890-1972 -- Correspondence
  • Journalists -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • League of Women Voters of Connecticut -- History -- Sources
  • National American Woman Suffrage Association -- History -- Sources
  • Porritt, Annie Gertrude Webb, 1861-
  • Sanger, Margaret, 1879-1966 -- Correspondence
  • Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919 -- Correspondence
  • Women -- Suffrage -- Great Britain -- History -- Sources
  • Women -- Suffrage -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Women journalists -- United States -- Biography -- Sources

Contributors
  • Birth Control Review -- History


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