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Dora Marsden Collection

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Marsden, Dora, 1882-1960

Dora Marsden (1882-1960) was a writer, editor, and British suffragette in the early 20th century. After graduating from Owens College in 1903, she worked as a teacher and later became the headmistress of Altrincham Teacher-Pupil Center. At this time, she was also becoming more active in the British Women's Rights Movement. After several arrests in 1909, Christabel and Emmeline Pankhurst offered Marsden a position in their organization, the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), which used civil disobedience and militant tactics to campaign for white, middle-class women's right to vote in England.

Marsden resigned from the WSPU in 1911 due to political and philosophical disagreements and, later that year, founded the Freewoman with her co-editor Mary Gawthorpe to critique WSPU for its militant campaigns and lack of interest in the rights of working class women. Her periodical also discussed other controversial topics of the time, such as birth control, homosexuality, free love, and wages for housework and mothering. The Freewoman publication ended due to a lack of financial resources in 1912 after Gawthrope resigned and its publisher, W. H. Smith and Son's, withdrew support. Marsden revived the journal in 1913 as The New Freewoman and then again in 1914 as The Egoist, which ran until 1919. In these publications, she shifted her perspective from a radical feminist one to a humanist view with an interest in literary experimentalism.

Consists of papers of Marsden, including correspondence relating to her books, The Definition of the Godhead, The Mysteries of Christianity, and The Philosophy of the Time, and the three periodicals she edited, The Freewoman, The New Freewoman, and The Egoist. Contained in the collection are manuscripts sent to the periodicals, although the bulk of this material appeared in The Freewoman. There is also correspondence between feminists, such as Harriet Shaw Weaver, Mary Gawthorpe, and Grace Jardine, and an exchange of letters among leading suffragettes, including Emmeline and Cristabel Pankhurst of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU).

In January of 1911, Marsden left WSPU and founded The Freewoman to express her more radical feminist views. When the publisher of The Freewoman went bankrupt, the editors reorganized their periodical to form The New Freewoman, continuing their feminist philosophy, but within six months of its publication, encouraged by Ezra Pound, the magazine became The Egoist and reflected a greater interest in literature and literary subjects. Included is a fragment of James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which appeared in serial form in The Egoist.

A special section of the collection groups together correspondence of well-known literary contemporaries of Marsden, such as Rebecca West, H. G. Wells, Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, Storm Jameson, and others. Many of Storm Jameson's letters in the correspondence relate to The Definition of the Godhead.

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Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2000
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Consists of the works of Dora Marsden, including The Definition of the Godhead, The Mystery of Christianity, and The Philosophy of Time. Contains correspondence, documents, printed matter, and circulation lists for each of these works.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Physical Description

1 box

The Definition of the Godhead - Correspondence - General, 1928-1929. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Definition of the Godhead - Correspondence - by and to Margaret Storm Jameson, 1928-1930. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Definition of the Godhead - Documents (receipts), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Definition of the Godhead - Miscellaneous Material, Circulation Lists, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Definition of the Godhead - Printed Matter - Clippings, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Mystery of Christianity - Correspondence, 1929-1930. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Mystery of Christianity - Miscellaneous Material, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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The Philosophy of Time - Correspondence, 1955-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Philosophy of Time - Documents, 1955-1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Philosophy of Time - Miscellaneous Material - Circulation Lists, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Philosophy of Time - Printed Matter, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence with literary contemporaries as well as "Josephine" letters and correspondence related to Women's Suffrage. Notable correspondents include Richard Aldington, Sylvia Beach, Havelock Ellis, Theodore Dreiser, Ezra Pound, and Upton Sinclair.

Arrangement

This series is arranged into three subseries: Literary Correspondence, "Josephine" Letters, and Women's Suffrage.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence with literary contemporaries. Notable correspondents include Richard Aldington, Sylvia Beach, Havelock Ellis, Theodore Dreiser, Ezra Pound, and Upton Sinclair.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

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1 box

Richard Aldington, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sylvia Beach, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Arnold Bennett, Mrs. Arnold Bennett, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Theodore Dreiser, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Havelock Ellis, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

John Galsworthy, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Laurence Housman, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Margaret Storm Jameson, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

D. H. Lawrence, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Katherine Mansfield, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Eden Phillpotts, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Ezra Pound, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Upton Sinclair, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

H. G. Wells, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Rebecca West (Cicily Fairfield), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence related to "Josephine."

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

"Josephine" Letters, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence related to Women's Suffrage, including the Women's Social and Political Union and others, as well as correspondence between Harriet Shaw Weaver, Mary Gawthorpe, and Grace Jardine.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of correspondece.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Women's Social and Political Union and others - Correspondence, 1909-1910. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Women's Social and Political Union and others - Correspondence, 1911-1917. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Correspondence between Mary Gawthorpe and Dora Marsden, and others, 1909-1913. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Miscellaneous Material, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Scope and Contents

Consists of manuscripts and correspondence related to the periodicals edited by Dora Marsden, The Freewoman, The New Freewoman, and The Egoist.

Arrangement

This series is arranged into three subseries: The Freewoman, The New Freewoman, and The Egoist.

Physical Description

3 boxes

Scope and Contents

Consists of manuscripts and correspondence related to The Freewoman, including works such as "The Signing of the Will" by E. S. P. Haynes and "An Exhausted Idea" by Dora Marsden, as well as others.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Manuscripts - "The Repertory Theatre - 'DNA'", dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Manuscripts - Drama review by "DNA" of "Magic" by G. K. Chesterton, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Manuscripts - "The Signing of the Will" - E. S. P. Haynes, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - "The Shining Hours" - [Winifred Hindshaw?], dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - "To the Editors of the Freewoman" - Rachel Graham, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - Drama review of "The Melting Pot" by Israel Zangwill, written by Storm Jameson, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - "The Decent Thing" - Ruth Kauffman, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - "The Freewoman Discussion Circle" - two sets of notes taken by B. Low, acting secretary, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Manuscripts - Book review of Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett, written by Dora Marsden, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - "An Exhausted Idea" - Dora Marsden, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - "The Unborn Child" - Philip Oyler, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - "'The Miracle' and Life" - F. R. Swan, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

[removed to Box 4, folder 1], dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - Book review of English Literature, 1880-1905 by J. M. Kennedy, written by Rebecca West, 1880-1905. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - Book review of Shadows out of the Crowd by Richard Curle, written by Rebecca West, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - "The New Socialism", book review by Charles J. Whitby, M. D. of H. G. Wells's The Great State, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - "Song of the Rising Tide" - Charles J. Whitby, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - "The Budgets of Women Workers", dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - "The Rebels" - Chapter I, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Manuscripts - "Where are thine accusers?", dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Manuscripts - "Women's Suffrage--A New Policy", dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - Testimonials, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: A, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Correspondence: B (Ball - Birnstingl), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence: B (Boddingle - Bushnell), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Correspondence: C, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Correspondence: D-E, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Correspondence: F, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Correspondence: G, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Correspondence: Ha, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Correspondence: He-Hu, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Correspondence: I-K, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Correspondence: L, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Correspondence: M, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Correspondence: N-P, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Correspondence: R, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Correspondence: S, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Correspondence: T-V, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Correspondence: W, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Correspondence: Z - Unidentified, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Documents, Miscellaneous Material, Printed Matter, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence and manuscripts related to The New Freewoman, including the manuscript for "Lego et Penso" by Benjamin Tucker.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Manuscripts - "Lego et Penso" - Benjamin Tucker, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence, 1912-1914. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Miscellaneous Material, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Printed Matter, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence and a manuscript for a portion of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, which appeared in The Egoist.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence, 1913-1917. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Material and Printed Matter, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of miscellaneous correspondence and manuscripts, including "With Apologies to Caliban" ("To D. M.", 1914) by Harriet Shaw Weaver.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Manuscripts - "With Apologies to Caliban" ("To D. M.", 1914) - Harriet Shaw Weaver, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - Proposals for a journal for the Women's Freedom League - notes by Dora Marsden, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - "Interpellation to Men and Women of All Civilized Countries" - [Dora Marsden translation (?) of German article by Hélène Stöcker], dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Manuscripts - Miscellaneous, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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Correspondence - Miscellaneous, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Other - Miscellaneous, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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