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Mrs. Catherine Dorothea Taylor, nee' Sharpe was born in Birningham, England in 1914. She is the daughter of a Church of England missionary, who worked in various parts of South Africa, Lesotho and South West Africa. She was educated at the St Michael's School, Bloemfontein and St Mary's Diocesan School for girls, Pretoria. On leaving school she studied philosophy and languages at Bristol University and continued her studies in both France and Germany.
She was married to Dr Lance Taylor in Cape Town in 1939 and, on the outbreak of the war, returned to England with her husband who served as a doctor in the Armed Forces. On de-mobilization in 1946 she and her husband, as South African subjects, were repatriated and settled in the Cape. They have two sons.
From October 1950 to November 1952 Mrs. Taylor held the post of Confidential Secretary to the Editor of the Cape Argus.
Since 1948 Mrs. Taylor has taken a very active part in all aspects of the United Party work and has held numerous and responsible administrative posts in the Party, such as Chairman of the Cape Peninsula and Western Province Women's Council, Chairman of the Wynberg Divisional Committee, member of the Central Head Committee and Secretary of the Official Opposition's Coloured Affairs Group.
Mrs. Taylor became a member of the Cape Provincial IN 1954 and served as United Party Chief Whip for two years, before becoming Chairman of the Party Caucus and Deputy Provincial Leader.
In 1963 she entered Parliament as United Party representative for Wynberg and rose through the ranks of the Party to become Shadow Minister of Education from 1970 until 1973. The year 1974 marked her withdrawal from Parliament and her resignation from the Party.
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The year 1974 marked her withdrawal from Parliament and her resignation from the Party. Mrs. Taylor also served on various committees, e.g. on the Cape School Board for thirteen years, on the Southern Suburbs Hospital Board for five years, on the South African Council for English Education and on various school committees.
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University of the Free State Private Collection
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Under the terms of donation, access and the right to copy or use the material in any publication is allowed only with the permission of the Head of Archives in conjunction with the donor, Mrs. C.D. Taylor. In cases where the microfilming of the documents are required, the donor's permission must also be obtained. An author's fee be levied in such cases.
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Articles, Clippings, Speeches, Notes, Reports, Agendas, Memorandum, Minutes, Information papers, Black Sash, Pamphlets, Democratic Party, Immigration, Matrimonial Affairs, Labor, Elections, Race Classification etc......
The collection was handed over to the Institute for Contemporary Affairs (formerly Institute for Contemporary History) in several instalments by Mrs. Taylor, during the period 1976-1979. The documents consists mainly of unnumbered subject files, but general files and loose documents also exist. In many cases material for a certain period are utilized for specific purpose or event, like a parliamentary session or a visit abroad.
A subject classification is maintained with an indication of the kind of material for each file. Where possible, series are divided into sub-series to assist the researcher. Files of clumsy proportions are subdivided and to facilitate the determining of accessibility, the numerous clippings, which are readily available, are pooled together in such subdivisions.
General files and loose documents are sorted in series according to the kind of document.
In all cases documents are arranged chronologically within each series. Undated papers have been placed at the end of each relevant subject.
Publications, maps and general clippings not part of the subject files, are indicated in appendices A-K. In many cases such as publications are supplementary to the subject files and contain notes and indications of topics. It also contains particulars regarding the donor, her activities and or family circle, as well as her numerous activities and interests. Consequently these publications are left intact in the collection.