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May Farquharson Papers, 1937-1992
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 57

Abstract:
Philanthropist; Social reformer; Birth control advocate. Papers include reports, correspondence, printed material, clippings, scrapbooks, and memorabilia relating to Farquharson's social reform activities in the West Indies, especially for birth control and the organization and development of the Birth Control League of Jamaica. You may contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you want one sent to you.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Gladay May Farquharson (1894-1992) came from a family that lived in Jamaica for 200 years. She was educated in Jamaica, U.S., and Jersey Channel Islands, and she attended Chellenham Ladies College. She was the daughter of Sir Arthur Farquharson, a lawyer, and she was an assistant to her father until his death. In 1939 May Farquharson helped form the Birth Control League of Jamaica (later the Family Planning League of Jamaica). She was active in many philanthropic organizations, and as Justice of the Peace, she sat for years in Juvenile Court.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The May Farquharson Papers include reports, correspondence, printed material, clippings, scrapbooks, and memorabilia relating to Farquharson's social reform activities in the West Indies, especially for birth control and the organization and development of the Birth Control League of Jamaica (later the Family Planning League of Jamaica); as well as her work for national old age pension insurance in Jamaica. Correspondents include Margaret Sanger and Dorothy Brush.

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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.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" 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:

May Farquharson Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
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Young Library
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Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English


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Subjects
  • Birth control--Jamaica--History--Sources
  • Farquharson, May, 1894-1992
  • Jamaica--History--20th century--Sources
  • Jamaica--Social conditions--20th century
  • Social reformers--Jamaica--Biography--Sources


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