Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Alexander Wilson and Edith J. Wilson Collected Papers, 1916-1922

Collection: CDG-B Great Britain





Contact Information

Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Descriptive Summary
Repository
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for these papers.
Creator
Wilson, Alexander and Edith J. Wilson
Title
Alexander Wilson and Edith J. Wilson Collected Papers
Inclusive Dates
1919-1922
Call Number
CDG-B Great Britain

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
5 linear inches [papers only]
Abstract
Alexander C. Wilson and Edith J. Wilson were a British Quakers. Alexander Wilson, who was a resident of Manchester, worked to support and free imprisoned conscientious objectors during and after World War I. His wife, Edith J. Wilson, was an author of works about Quakerism and conscientious objection.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Unknown
Processing Information
Processed by SCPC staff; original finding aid prepared by Anne Yoder, 1998; this version of the finding aid prepared by Wendy Chmielewski, May 2014.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the ___________ Alexander Wilson and Edith J. Wilson Collected Papers (CDG-B Great Britain), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright remains with the creators/authors (or their descendants), in this collection, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Please contact the SCPC Curator for further information.

Online Catalog Headings
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Historical Background
Alexander C. Wilson and Edith J. Wilson were a British Quakers. Alexander Wilson, who was a resident of Manchester, worked to support and free imprisoned conscientious objectors during and after World War I. His wife, Edith J. Wilson, was an author of works about Quakerism and conscientious objection.

Collection Overview
Collection consists primarily of correspondence from imprisoned British conscientious objectors (1916-1919); also includes leaflets, pamphlets and typescript material about conscientious objection and efforts to free the imprisoned objectors; one folder of examples of British World War I propaganda collected by Alexander Wilson Collection includes one folder of printed material of writings by Edith J. Wilson.

Items removed:

Arrangement of Collection
Correspondence with conscientious objectors is organized alphabetically by the last name of the correspondent. Subsequent folders contain miscellaneous material about conscientious objectors, writings by Edith J. Wilson, and one folder of material about British war propaganda.




Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Correspondence from conscientious objectors:
Letter from George Armitage (#45 at Carnarvon Prison)
--January 15, 1919
Letter from L.A. Barber (#2740 at Shrewsbury Prison)
--January 16, 1918
Letter from W. Bone (Hut 04, Blenheim Hutments, Queens Parade, Aldershot)
--November 12, 1917
Letter from W.A. Conolly (#46 at Carnarvon Prison)
--December 23, 1918
Letters from Joseph Dalby (Hut 14, N.C.C., Queens Parade, Aldershot)
-[year unknown]:
--June 26
--June 28
--July 5
--July 6
--July 7
--July 9
--July 22
--August 3, 1917
Letters from C. Foster (#893 at Wandsworth Prison)
--December 8, 1918
--February 23-24, 1919
Letters from John Garner
--(Guard Room, 17 Camp, Kinmel) April 10, 1917
--(Hut 07, Park Hall Camp, Oswestry), [1917];
--(#0394 at Liverpool Prison), December 13, 1918 [includes extract of letter to E. Hurstfield, July 30 [year unknown]
-- letter to his mother (#17 at Carnarvon Prison), December 31, 1917]
Letter from Fred J. Shirley
--(Camp 01, N.C.C., Park Hall Camp, Oswestry), May 20, 1917
--short statement re: beliefs on war, January 16, 1917
--statement given at court martial, January 26, 1917
Extract of letter from Harold Walkins
--(Guard Room, First Monmouthshire Regiment, Camp 13, Kinmel Park), February 02, 1918
Extract of letter from Tom Walsh
--(Wakefield Station), September 23, 1918
--statement given at court martial, June 06, 1917
Letter from James H. Hudson
-- (N.C.C. Lines, Healle Camp, Gobswen near Oswestry), September 01, 1917
--letter to the members of the No Conscription Fellowship in Lancashire (Carnarvon Prison), July 18, 1917
--statement given at court martial, September 5, 1917
--letter to members of the Eccles Labour Party ["from the prospective Labour candidate...now in Manchester Prison as a C.O. prisoner since November 1916"]
--August 1918 (includes flyer re: campaign)
Letters from E. Ridgeway (Rose Cottage, Hyde, Cheshire)
--April 14, 1916
--April 16, 1916
--October 12, 1916
--October 19, 1916
--October 26, 1916
--October 23, 1916
--November 6, 1916
--November 8, 1916
--November 10, 1916
--(The Cells, Hyde) April 20, 1917
--(Guard Room, The Castle, Chester), April 27, 1917
-- May 4, 1917
-- n.d.
--(Hut 14, N.C.C., Queens Parade, Aldershot), June 25 [year unknown]
--statement re: conscientious objection, May 5, 1917
Letters from Harry Ward (Birkenhead)
--September 24, 1916
--December 9, 1916

Material re: conscientious objectors:
Copy of letters from and about "Absolutist" conscientious objectors at Wakefield Prison,
--1916
--1918 (includes flyer re: candidacy of "Absolutist" Walter H. Ayles in 1922 election)
Letter from Joseph Davies
--to his parents, undated
--statement given at court martial, June 13, 1917
Letter from Ernest Flint
--(#905 at Manchester Prison) to Lydia [last name unknown], February 25, 1919
Copy of letters of conscientious objectors who had been sent to France:
--James Garland to his mother, July 6, 1917
--Albert Middleton to his wife, June 20 [year unknown]
Charge sheet against Robert Price re:
--refusal to obey a military order because of his stance as a conscientious objector, June 10, 1917
Letter from Claude [last name unknown] to Frank [last name unknown], undated
Letter from Arthur [last name unknown]
--(Hut 09, A.S.C. Lines, N.C.C. Camp, Oswestry), February 4 [year unknown]

Material re: conscientious objection, 1916-1919

Writings by Edith J. Wilson, 1913-1919

British propaganda re: war effort, 1917-1918






This finding aid was last updated on June 12, 2014.