Woman’s Christian Temperance Union ephemera, including items from the 1895 World’s Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Convention in London. Women's Christian Temperance Union.
Woman’s Christian Temperance Union ephemera, including items from the 1895 World’s Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Convention in London
Woman’s Christian Temperance Union ephemera, including items from the 1895 World’s Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Convention in London

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union ephemera, including items from the 1895 World’s Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Convention in London

London: c. 1895-`1901. Twenty items including lecture announcements, business and greeting cards, tracts, a convention coupon book, a letter with an envelope, and more. Ten items relate to the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in America and ten relate to the British Women’s Temperance Association and the World’s Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Convention in London in 1895. All items belonged to Elizabeth P. Nichols, Corresponding Secretary of the Rhode Island chapter of the WCTU. Some foxing and creasing, but overall a very good, clean collection of ephemera documenting the WCTU and its international convention in London in 1895. Some items dated between 1895 and 1901, though many are not dated. Twenty items including lecture announcements, business and greeting cards, tracts, a convention coupon book, a letter with an envelope, and more. Ten items relate to the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in America and ten relate to the British Women’s Temperance Association and the World’s Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Convention in London in 1895. All items belonged to Elizabeth P. Nichols, Corresponding Secretary of the Rhode Island chapter of the WCTU. Item #16854

Elizabeth P. Nichols (not to be confused with Australian WCTU President Elizabeth Webb Nicholls) was one of over thirty American WCTU members who sailed overseas on the S.S. Berlin to attend the World’s Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Convention in London. The convention gave temperance advocates the opportunity to attend lectures by Frances E. Willard and Lady Isabella Somerset, a Colonial and Foreign Delegates reception at the house of the Lord Mayor, and a President’s Reception in Reigate. They also clearly exchanged tracts, as this collection includes A Plea for Temperance Unity by Rev. Canon Wilberforce and A Wider Outlook by Lady Somerset.

The American items here include a booklet on the parliamentary rules of WCTU, a report on the international work of the Young Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (YWCTU), the business card of temperance worker and evangelist Sarah K. Taylor, and more. Other relevant names found in this collection include Frances J. Barnes, General Secretary of the YWCTU, who wrote the letter to Nichols; A. Elizabeth Thomas, Secretary of the Pennsylvania YWCTU; and evangelist Elizabeth Ward Greenwood, Evangelistic Secretary of the WCTU. Several interesting items by Martha M. Allen, Superintendent of the WTCU Department of Non-Alcoholic Medicine, caution against the use of medicines containing alcohol because of their addictive and unhealthy properties.

Price: $600.00