When the battle for women’s suffrage in Great Britain was more-or-less won, one of the movement’s veterans, Margaret Kineton Parkes, wrote a history of the tax resistance campaign that was a central part of the victory.

This book, The Tax Resistance Movement in Great Britain was published around 1919 or 1920 by The Woman Citizen Publishing Company (or the Women’s Freedom League, sources differ). It would be of enormous interest and help to my research in this area, but it’s proving to be very hard to get ahold of. Google Books doesn’t have it. My library doesn’t have it, nor does its Link+ network. I put in an interlibrary loan request, but it was denied in record time “because we were unable to locate any libraries in North America that owns this title.” WorldCat knows the book exists, but doesn’t know of any libraries that carry it.

The Women’s Library at London Metropolitan University has a copy, along with some other interesting-looking pamphlets from the Women’s Tax Resistance League, but I was unable to find their policy on photocopying for far-off researchers, if they have one, and I don’t think I’ll be in London any time soon.

In this day and age when so much has come on-line, it’s especially frustrating to find some piece of data like this tantalizingly out-of-reach. Anyone live near The Women’s Library at London Metropolitan University?

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