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Rackstraw, Marjorie, 1888-1981 (educationalist and social worker)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1888 - 1981

Biography

Marjorie Rackstraw was born 24 June 1888. She studied at the University of Birmingham and was a Postgraduate Scholar at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, USA. In 1913 she became Bursar at University House, Birmingham, and from 1915 until 1917 did relief and reconstruction work in France. From 1917 until 1921, Rackstraw was warden of the Students Hall of Residence, Moray House, Edinburgh, and then in 1921 did relief work in the Soviet Union until 1923. In 1924 she worked at the Headquarters of the League of Nations, and from 1924 until 1937 was Warden of Masson Hall, Edinburgh University. During this time too she was Adviser of Women Students, Edinburgh University. From 1937, Rackstraw was in London doing social work and in 1939 was involved in the evacuation of day nurseries and nursery schools for London City Council (LCC). In 1940 she did relief work for refugees in France until the fall of France in June 1940. She then did emergency war work, and in 1944 joined the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Germany. There she worked with refugees, community feeding, and the welfare of old people, including the setting up of hostels. In 1945, Rackstraw was elected Labour Councillor for Hampstead and from 1945 until her death she set up and worked with the Hampstead Old peoples' Housing Trust. Rackstraw was Chair of the Hampstead Committee of the Lord Mayor's National Air Raid Distress Fund, Chair of the Standing Committee on Communal Feeding, Governor of St. Olave's and St. Saviour's School, and Honorary President of Niddrie School Association. She was awarded the OBE in the New Years Honours List, 1960. Marjorie Rackstraw OBE died on 28 April 1981.

Found in 28 Collections and/or Records:

April, May, June Letters, 22 April 1922-10 June 1922

 File
Identifier: Coll-705/5/2/7
Scope and Contents This file of letters covers the last three months Marjorie Rackstraw was in Russia. Letters are sent from Buzuluk, and Alexievka, and are sparse during this time because courriers could not deliver mail to flooding from the thaw. She describes the Easter festivities, the still constant threat of thieves, and she cites that looking through the data she has taken, that 1 in 4 people have died in Buzuluk since she arrived. The food trains are arriving on schedule, and some signs of autumn sown...
Dates: 22 April 1922-10 June 1922

Correspondence and papers from Margery Fry, 26 December 1910 - 24 August 1946

 File
Identifier: Coll-705/3/2
Scope and Contents This file consists largely of letters sent by Margery Fry to Marjorie Rackstraw, though there are a few from Marjorie Rackstraw to Margery Fry. Of note for readers, Margery Fry nicknamed Marjorie Rackstraw Martha early in their friendship, and she uses this name in her letters to address her friend. Letters are sent from addresses at University House, Birmingham; Failand House, Nr. Bristol; different cities in France; 13 Calthope Rd, Birmingham; 7 Dalmeny Avenue, London; St. John's Manse,...
Dates: 26 December 1910 - 24 August 1946

Correspondence from family to Marjorie Rackstraw, 1908-1934

 File
Identifier: Coll-705/5/6
Scope and Contents

This file contains correspondence from fer family to Marjorie Rackstraw, and is largely unsorted.

Dates: 1908-1934

Correspondence from Marjorie Rackstraw to Margery Fry, 15 February 1922- 20 January 1923

 File
Identifier: Coll-705/3/1
Scope and Contents This file of letters comes during Marjorie Rackstraw's last few months in Russia, doing relief work. Letters are sent from Alexievka, and she includes a report typewritten from the 4th December 1922 detailing the great efforts to get clothes to villages, and the number of rations distributed in the Alexievka district. She reports a large influx of people coming back from Sibereia, Ukraine, and Turkestan, which makes their distributions more difficult. Most people are living on their ration...
Dates: 15 February 1922- 20 January 1923

December Letters, 4 December 1921-29 December 1921

 File
Identifier: Coll-705/5/2/3
Scope and Contents This file contains letters from Buzuluk, Pavlovka, and Kornievka. Marjorie Rackstraw describes the conditions the people of these villages are living in, and the drastic measures they are driven to for want of supplies needed to live. She describes the vast numbers of deceased in great detail. Note: she mentions versts, this is a Russian form of measurement, about 1.1 km 4 December 1921 ...
Dates: 4 December 1921-29 December 1921

February Letters, 2 February 1922-27 February 1922

 File
Identifier: Coll-705/5/2/5
Scope and Contents This file contains letters sent from Danelovka, and Alexievka. In these letters Rackstraw writes that she has a new translator, who becomes ill during their travels. They also visit a priest, whose home has been a welcome place to them many a time, and whose wife and children have been a source of happiness, to find that his wife has died of illness 8 days previously, and a child is ill. She also writes about other visits that they make, and the observations she has of children's centers,...
Dates: 2 February 1922-27 February 1922

Group Photo; most likely residents of Masson Hall, 1924-1937

 Item
Identifier: Coll-705/1/1/6
Scope and Contents

Group of student-aged women, in four rows with the bottom row sitting on two rugs. The picture is taken outside, against a stone wall with windows, and Marjorie Rackstraw is seated in the middle of the second row, with a headband across her forehead.

Dates: 1924-1937

Group photo; most likely residents of Masson Hall, 1924-1937

 Item
Identifier: Coll-705/1/1/7
Scope and Contents

This photo depicts 5 rows of student-aged women, the bottom row seated on two rugs. The photo was taken outside, with a stone wall of a building behind them. Marjorie Rackstraw is seated in the middle of the second row, holding a young boy.

Dates: 1924-1937

Group photo; most likely residents of Masson Hall, 1924-1937

 Item
Identifier: Coll-705/1/1/8
Scope and Contents This photo depicts four rows of student-aged women, the bottom row seated on two rugs. The photo is taken outside, and in the background is the stone wall of a building. Marjorie Rackstraw is seated in the center of the second row.Two students can be easily identified in both Coll-705/1/1/7 and this image; in this image, the student in the second row on the far right is pictured in Coll-705/1/1/7 seated on the first row, second from the left. In this photo, the student in the...
Dates: 1924-1937

Group photo; most likely residents of Masson Hall, 1924-1937

 Item
Identifier: Coll-705/1/1/9
Scope and Contents

This photo depicts four rows of student aged women, outside on a bright day, with the stone wall of a building behind them. Marjorie Rackstraw is seated in the center of the second row.

Dates: 1924-1937

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Type
Archival Object 27
Collection 1
 
Subject
Photographs 15
Correspondence 10
Russia 10
Photographs -- Student Groups 7
Women students 6