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Papers of Jessie Street, circa 1914-1968 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1507836
Format ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
Street, Jessie, 1889-1970
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [ca. 1914-1968] 
6.93 m. (31 boxes) + 3 fol. boxes. 

MS 2683 comprises: 1. Personal and family correspondence, 1914-1967. 2. Personal documents, 1934-1967, and other papers. 3. Drafts and other papers relating to Jessie Street's autobiography, Truth or repose. 4. Papers relating to Street's feminist activities, 1916-1968, including the United Associations of Women. Correspondents include Bessie Rischbieth, Irene Greenwood, Linda Littlejohn and Robert Menzies. 5. Material relating to the peace movement, 1931-1966. 6. Papers relating to the United Nations, 1945-1966, including material on the UN Commission for the Status of Women.

7. Papers relating to Street's membership of the Australian Labor Party, attempts to gain election to federal parliament and subsequent resignation from the ALP because of her refusal to abandon her pro-Soviet stance. 8. Papers relating to Street's interest in and numerous visits to the Soviet Union including material on the Australian-Soviet Friendship Society, 1946-1968, and the Russian Medical Aid and Comforts Committee, 1941-1945. 9. Papers relating to the Women's Forum for Social and Economic Reconstruction, 1941-1945, Immigration Advisory Committee, 1940s, and National Social Insurance, 1930-1952. 10. Papers relating to Aboriginal rights and race relations, mostly 1956-1968, including the 1967 Aboriginal Referendum (31 boxes, 3 fol. boxes).


Feminist and social activist. Jessie Mary Grey Street (née Lillingston) was born in India in 1889. In 1915 Street founded the New South Wales Social Hygiene Association, concerned with informing women about birth control and sex education. In 1929 she was elected first president of the United Associations of Women which lobbied governments on equal pay and other women's issues. She accompanied H.V. Evatt to the United Nations founding conference held in 1945 in San Franscisco where she successfully lobbied for a charter of women's rights. She was the unsuccessful candidate for the House of Representatives seat of Wentworth, 1943 and 1949. Jessie Street's autobiography, Truth or repose, was published in 1966. Street died in Sydney in 1970.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 2683.

Associated materials: Papers of Jessie Street, 1950-1959 MS 10365; Papers of Andrew Mackay, 1962-1965 MS 10427; Papers of Belinda Mackay, approximately 1900-2010 MS 10366.

Card index to correspondence available.

Selected item(s) also available online

Related Material Jessie Street interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/197-198.  Street family papers; Located at; State Library of New South Wales. 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, E965.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available online. 
Subjects Street, Jessie, 1889-1970 -- Archives.  |  Australian-Soviet Friendship Society.  |  Feminists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Pacifists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Socialists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women socialists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women's rights -- Australia.  |  Social security -- Australia.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Legal status, laws, etc.  |  Australia -- Race relations.
Time Coverage 1914-1968 
Occupation Women's rights activists.  |  Feminists.  |  Pacifists.  |  Socialists.
Other authors/contributors United Associations of Women (N.S.W.)
Terms of Use Copying of Jessie Street's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 
Exhibited Exhibited: Treasures Gallery, National Library of Australia, 17A April, 2017  Selected items exhibited: "The Courage for Peace" - Australian War Memorial, 1 October 2019 - 1 October 2020. 

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