A guide to the Archive

Last updated: July 2018

Overview of our archival collections

The Archive’s main aim is to build a record of the institutional history of the College reflecting its unique history. Records of the executive, administrative and academic College bodies, College offices, College Officers and individuals employed by the College are all held in the Archive. The Archive also aims to build a record of the lives and careers of individuals and groups associated with Girton College from its foundation to the present day. As a result the Archive includes rich and varied collections of personal papers. In addition the Archive also collects records associated with the history of women’s higher education and women’s history generally.

See also:
A subject guide to the Archive

Overview of our archival collections
GCGB Governing Records This section includes the College’s charter and statutes, ordinances and regulations, grant of arms, deeds, trusts etc., the papers of College Council (previously Executive Committee), the Governing Body, and standing committees of Council.
GCAR Administrative Records This section includes the papers of the offices of the Mistress, the Bursar, and the Steward/Domestic Bursar. It includes papers relating to the College’s finances, appeals and fundraising (latterly Development Office), the Chapel, Wolfson Court, and ‘named rooms’ within the College.
GCAC Academic and Library This section includes the papers of the Admissions and Tutorial Office, the Praelector and the Library.
GCAS Clubs, Societies and Associations This section includes the papers of the Roll (previously Association of Certificated Students), the JCR, the MCR, and the papers of the various sports, dramatic and musical societies.
GCCP College Publications This section includes complete runs of the Annual Report (to 1969), the Girton Review (1882-1993), the Newsletter (1993-99), Annual Review (from 2000), as well as various information guides, College songs, and occasional publications.
GCRF Historical Reference This is a subject-oriented section including special events/celebrations, press cuttings and journal articles, memoirs and reminiscences, drawings and artefacts, and miscellaneous correspondence collections. It also includes records relating to women’s history generally and the suffrage movement in particular.
GCPH Photographs This is a large collection of photographs dating from the College’s foundation to present day showing the College buildings (exterior and interior), individual students and student groups, Fellows, Mistresses and staff, and special events.
GCOH Oral History This section consists of interviews with those who had a lifelong connection with Girton, or who had come up to College in the 1920s or earlier.
GCPP Personal Papers Some of the major collections in this section are the papers of Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827-1891), Helen Cam (1885-1968), Emily Davies (1830-1921), Jane Catherine Gamble (1810-1885), Dorothy Needham (1896-1988), Bessie Rayner Parkes (1829-1925), Bertha Phillpotts (1877-1932), Chrystabel Procter (1894-1982), Eugénie Sellers Strong (1860-1943), and Barbara Wootton (1897-1988).
GCIP Institutional Papers This section includes the papers The Society for Promoting the Training [formerly Employment] of Women (SPTW), the Girton College Working Women’s Summer School and the Cambridge Women’s Liberation Archive.


A large proportion of the catalogues for GCRF Historical Reference, GCPP Personal Papers and GCIP Institutional papers are available to search on the Janus website. For the direct links to the catalogues please see below.

The catalogue for the remaining sections of the archive is currently not available to researchers. There is an ongoing project to upload the rest of the catalogue onto the Janus website. In the meantime the Archivist can undertake searches on your behalf – please see our Staff and contact details webpage.

Links to the catalogues on the Janus website Title Covering dates
GCRF 4 Memoirs and reminiscences 1883-2012
GCRF 5 Drawings and sketches 1860–2012
GCRF 6 Artefacts circa 1850–2007
GCRF 7 Memorabilia 1872–2008
GCRF 8 Women’s history 1859–2009
GCRF 9 Miscellaneous correspondence collections 1799–2009
GCRF 10 Deposited collections with no direct connection with Girton College 1799-2008
Links to the catalogues on the Janus website Title Covering dates
GCPH 1 Photographs of College’s Gardens and Grounds circa 1890-circa 1990
GCPH 2 Photographs of the interiors of College Buildings 1873-2010
GCPH 3 Photographs of the exteriors of College Buildings 1883-2006
Links to the catalogues on the Janus website Title and extent Covering dates
GCPP Abram Personal Papers of Annie Abram, 1869-1930, medieval historian. 1 volume and 1 bundle. 1912-1913
GCPP Anderson Personal Papers of Margaret Anderson, Minnie Baldwin, Margaret C (Nan) Anderson and Frank Anderson. 4 boxes. circa 1880-circa 2001
GCPP Ball Personal Papers of Nanda Ball, 1929-, née Hulton. 1 file. 1947-2000
GCPP Banks Personal Papers of Dorothy Banks, 1865-1937 née Alford and Margaret Alford, 1868-1951. 2 files 1886-1998
GCPP Bennett Personal Papers of Joan Bennett, 1896-1986, née Frankau, scholar and lecturer in English literature. 1 item. 1 February 1924
GCPP Bickley Personal Papers of Daisy Bickley, b 1942, née Hurn. 1 file. October 1962-May 2008
GCPP Bidder Personal Papers of Marion Greenwood Bidder, 1862-1932, née Greenwood, physiologist. 8 files. 1880-1999
GCPP Binnington Personal Papers of Madeleine Binnington, 1909-1986, née Pottenger, journalist.
1 file.
GCPP Bishop Personal Papers of Rosemary Bishop, 1936-2003, civil servant. 5 boxes. 1944-2004
GCPP Bodichon Personal Papers of Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, 1830-1891, née Smith, artist and women’s activist. 10 boxes. 1801-2000
GCPP Boyle Personal papers of Yvonne Boyle, b 1954, social worker, councillor and poet. 1 file. 1975-1988
GCPP Bradshaw Personal Papers of Doris Bradshaw, 1902-1994, lecturer. 1 file. 1929-1994
GCPP Brookes  Personal Papers of Roma Brookes, 1916-1990, teacher. 4 boxes. 1900-1985
GCPP Brown Personal Papers of Judith Margaret Brown, 1944-, historian. 4 boxes. 1962-1965
GCPP Bryant Personal Papers of Viviane Bryant, 1921-1983, née Hindmarsh. 1 file. 1943-1972
GCPP Bryers Personal Papers of Winifred Bryers, 1880-1910, lecturer in modern languages. 1 box. 1909-1911
GCPP Buckler Personal Papers of Georgina Grenfell Buckler, 1863-1953, née Walrond, classicist. 4 files. 1889-1891, 1928, 1993
GCPP Burton Personal Papers of Ena Mary Burton, 1918-2013, teacher. 2 boxes. 1907-2013
GCPP Cam Personal Papers of Helen Maud Cam, 1885-1968, Medieval Historian. 54 boxes. circa 1895-1995
GCPP Cave Letters to Frances Cave-Brown-Cave, 1876-1965, mathematician. 1 file. 1940-1960
GCPP Chapman Personal Papers of Maud Chapman, 1880-?, née Reep. 1 file. 1898-1905
GCPP Church Personal Papers of Margaret Church, 1924-2014, teacher. 1 file. 1940-1950
GCPP Clark Personal Papers of Dorothy Clark, 1911-1999, teacher. 1 file. 1931-1933
GCPP Clay Personal Papers of Kay Clay, 1913-2007, née Cambell, lecturer. 1 file. 1946-2007
GCPP Crews Personal Papers of Cynthia Mary Crews, 1906-1969, née Jopson, linguist. 21 boxes. 1901-1979
GCPP Davies Personal Papers of Sarah Emily Davies, 1830-1921, pioneer for women’s education. 25 boxes. 1856-1978
GCPP Dawson Personal Papers of Stella Courtenay Dawson, 1885-1970, née Dawson. 2 files and 1 album. 1905-1998
GCPP de Mourgues Personal Papers of Odette de Mourgues, 1914-1988, literary scholar. 3 boxes. 1928-1991
GCPP Diggle Personal Papers of Margaret Diggle, b 1905, lecturer in education. 1 file. 1923-1999
GCPP Docking Personal Papers of Marjorie Daphne Docking, 1926-2013, college administrator. 1 file. 2011–2013
GCPP Duff Personal Papers of James Duff, 1860-1940, classicist and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. 1 file. 1934
GCPP Dufton Personal Papers of Dorothy Dufton, 1894-1983, née Dufton, wife of Lord Moran of Manton. 3 items. 1916-1950
GCPP Duke Personal Papers of Alison Duke, 1915-2005, classicist. 19 boxes. 1875-2005
GCPP Evans Personal Papers of Margaret Evans, 1924-2014, teacher. 1 box. 1938-2014
GCPP Fegan Personal Papers of Ethel Fegan, 1877-1975, librarian. 7 boxes. 1908-1961
GCPP Fenton Personal Papers of Pamela Fenton, 1926-1983, later Marshall, secretary and teacher. 1 volume. 1939-1945
GCPP Fletcher-Moulton Personal Papers of Sylvia Fletcher-Moulton, 1902-1989, magistrate. 3 boxes. 1878-1989
GCPP Ford Personal Papers of Cicely Ford, Honoria Ford and Evelyn Macdonald. 3 files. 1948-2014
GCPP Forrest-Thomson Personal Papers of Veronica Elizabeth Marian Forrest-Thomson, 1947-1975, poet. 3.5 boxes. 1960–2011
GCPP Franklin Personal Papers of Ann Franklin, 1936- , née Glossop. 1 file. 1954-1957
GCPP Freeman Personal Papers of Gwendolen Freeman, b 1908, author and journalist. 5 files. 1925-2001
GCPP Furst Personal Papers of Lilian Renee Furst, 1931-2009, literary scholar. 2 boxes. circa 1925–2012
GCPP Gamble Personal Papers of Jane Catherine Gamble, 1810-1885, writer. 6 boxes, I volume and 1 wooden box. 1783-1884
GCPP Garrod Personal Papers of Joan Schneider, b. 1930, née Garrod, teacher and writer. 7 files. 1947-2003
GCPP Gaukroger Personal Papers of Winifred Gaukroger, 1900-2003, née Trenholme. 1 file. 1918-1919
GCPP Graham, A1 Personal Papers of Alethea Graham, 1908-1980, missionary worker. 4 boxes. circa 1913-1980
GCPP Graham, A2 Personal Papers of Agatha Graham, 1910-1935. 2 boxes. 1923-circa 1930
GCPP Grant Personal papers of Helen Frances Grant, 1903-1992, née Newsome, Spanish lecturer. 5 boxes. 1926–1993
GCPP Hollond Personal Papers of Marjorie Hollond, 1895-1977, née Tappan, economist and academic administrator. 6 boxes. 1851-1986
GCPP Howard Personal Papers of Dorothy Howard, 1881-1968, née Howard, wife of 6th Baron Henley. 1 box. 1901-1955
GCPP James Personal Papers of P D James, 1920-2014, Baroness James of Holland Park, author. 19 boxes. 1967-2014
GCPP Jeffreys Personal papers of Bertha Jeffreys, 1903-1999, née Swirles, mathematician, wife of Sir Harold Jeffreys. 4 boxes. 1893–2007
GCPP Johnston Personal Papers of Edith Johnston, 1886-1925, missionary. 1 file. 1917-1925
GCPP Jolliffe Personal Papers of Norah Christina Jolliffe, 1900-1951, classicist. 7 boxes. 1900–1955
GCPP Jones Personal papers of Betty Jones, 1912-1971, librarian. 2 files. 1904–1963
GCPP Leavis Personal papers of Queenie Dorothy Leavis, 1906-1981, née Roth, literary scholar. 5 boxes. 1895–2009
GCPP Lewis Personal Papers of Beryl Lewis, 1896-1992. 1 box. 1916-1995
GCPP Lewis, I Personal Papers of Isabella May Lewis, 1870-1967, schoolmistress. 1 roll. 21 June 1892-5 May 2006
GCPP Lindsay Personal Papers of Jean Lindsay, 1910-1996, née McLachlan, historian and educationalist. 3 volumes. 1927-1938
GCPP Littler Personal Papers of Shirley Littler, b 1932, née Marsh, civil servant. 25 boxes. 1953-2006
GCPP LLD Personal Papers of Margaret Llewelyn Davies, 1861-1944, social reformer. 6 boxes. circa 1864-1995
GCPP Lloyd Thomas Personal Papers of Mary Gwyneth Lloyd Thomas, 1899-1978, literary scholar. 1 box. 1936–1948
GCPP Malik Personal Papers of Elsa Care Malik, 1905-2005, née Barker, playwright. 2 boxes. circa 1935–2005
GCPP Marshall Personal Papers of Dorothy Marshall, 1900-1994, historian. 11 boxes. 1910-1991
GCPP Mather Personal Papers of Mary Mather, 1926- . 1 file. 1947
GCPP Mathews Personal Papers of Joyce Mathews, later Cadbury, 1906-1988, school governor. 1 file. 1924-1925
GCPP Maynard Personal Papers of Constance Louisa Maynard, 1849-1935, Principal of Westfield College. 2 files. 1867–1875
GCPP McKie Personal Papers of Christine McKie, 1931-, née Kelsey, crystallographer. 6 files. 1963-1969
GCPP McMorran Personal Papers of Helen McMorran, 1898-1985, librarian. 3 boxes. 1869-1967
GCPP Megaw Personal Papers of Helen Dick Megaw, 1907-2002, crystallographer. 33 boxes. 1919-2002
GCPP Miller Personal Papers of E Joan (Wilson) Miller, , b.1923, née Wilson, geographer. 6 files. 1943-2015
GCPP Muir Personal Papers of Margaret Alice (known as Meta) Muir, 1862-1943. 1 box. 1877-1994
GCPP Needham Personal Papers of Needham, Dorothy Mary Moyle, 1896-1987, née Moyle, biochemist. 31 boxes. 1907-1988
GCPP Nevell Personal Papers of Sheila Nevell, b 1916. 1 file. 1936-2003
GCPP Newman Personal Papers of Lyn Newman, 1901-73, née Irvine, literary journalist. 1 file. 1925-2001
GCPP Parkes Personal Papers of Bessie Rayner Parkes, 1827-1925, writer and journalist. 18 boxes. 1812-1984
GCPP Patten Personal Papers of Nancy Patten, 1918- . 1 item. 1937
GCPP Peace Personal Papers of Kathleen Mary Peace, 1904-1974, secretary to Girton College, Cambridge. 4 boxes. 1910-1971
GCPP Penny Personal Papers of Joyce Penny, 1912-1988, writer and translator. 16 files. 1948-1985
GCPP Phillpotts Personal Papers of Bertha Phillpotts, 1877-1932, Scandinavian scholar. 8 boxes. 1863-2002
GCPP Platt Personal Papers of Beryl Platt, 1923-2015, politican. 16 boxes. 1935-2015
GCPP Power, B Personal Papers of Beryl Power, 1891-1974, civil servant. 5 boxes. 1909-1949
GCPP Power, E Personal Papers of Eileen Power, 1889-1940, economic historian, wife of M M Postan. 4 boxes. 1835-1994
GCPP Power, R Personal Papers of Rhoda Power, 1890-1957, broadcaster and children’s writer. 1 box. 1917-1947
GCPP Procter Personal Papers of Chrystabel Procter, 1894-1982, horticulturist. 7 boxes. 1822-1986
GCPP Proud Personal Papers of Michelle Proud, 1940-2002, journalist and financial analyst. 5 boxes. 1971–2002
GCPP Pym Personal Papers of Dora Pym, 1890-1980, née Ivens, classicist. 1 box. 1890-1998
GCPP Raine Personal Papers of Kathleen Raine, 1908-2003, poet. 1 item. 1998-1999
GCPP Ryley Personal Papers of Constance Ryley, 1898-1976. 1 file. 1916-1921
GCPP Sargant Personal Papers of Ethel Sargant, 1863-1918, botanist. 4 boxes. 1871-2008
GCPP Sebastian Personal Papers of Hilda Reynolds Sebastian, 1897-1989, née Gosling, formerly Gardner, bookseller. 3 boxes. circa 1904-circa 1966
GCPP Seddon Personal Papers of Laura Seddon, 1910-1995, née Feber, teacher. 3 boxes. 1924-2015
GCPP Slater Personal Papers of Lucy Joan Slater, 1922-2008, mathematician. 13 items. 1990-1991
GCPP Smith Personal Papers of Margaret Smith, 1884-1970, orientalist. 2 boxes. 1900-1963
GCPP Stanley Personal papers of Margaret Shirley Stanley, b 1931, née Wright, teacher. 1 file. 1950-1952
GCPP Stephen Personal Papers of Barbara Stephen, 1872-1945, née Shoresmith, later Shore Nightingale, wife of Sir Harry Stephen, educationist. 4 files. 1925-1945
GCPP Strong Personal Papers of Eugenie Strong, 1860-1943, née Sellers, classical archaeologist and art historian. 33 boxes. 1877-1965
GCPP Taylor Personal Papers of Mary Collins, 1903-1994, née Taylor, lecturer. 1 file. 1876-1919
GCPP Tebbutt Personal Papers of Sarah Tebbutt, 1860(?)-1928, née Mason. 1 file. 1878-1870
GCPP Thomas Personal Papers of M B Thomas, 1873-1954,lecturer in chemistry. 1 volume. 1936
GCPP Thompson Personal Papers of Dorothy Joan Thompson, 1939- , née Walbank, formerly Crawford, classical historian. 2 items. 1958, 2010
GCPP Tillyard Personal Papers of Aelfrida Tillyard, 1883-1959, writer. 20 boxes. 1868-1959
GCPP Turle Personal Papers of Sophia Turle, 1841-1923, literary editor and musician. 12 items. 1877-2004
GCPP von Goethe Personal Papers of Ottilie von Goethe, 1796-1872, née von Pogwisch, writer and daughter-in-law of Goethe. 1 volume. 1859
GCPP Walker Personal Papers of Margaret Walker, b. 1930, later Sudbury, teacher.
1 file.
GCPP Wallace, F Personal Papers of Flora Wallace, 1931-, née MacLeod. 1 file. 1919-1954
GCPP Wallace, M V Personal Papers of Margaret Valerie Wallace, 1903-1989. 1 box. 1974-1988
GCPP Wallis Personal Papers of Barbara Wallis, 1922-2009, teacher and lecturer.
1 box.
GCPP Ward, D Personal Papers of Dorothy Ward, 1888-1972. 2 items. 1930
GCPP Ward, P J Personal Papers of Phyllis Jeanne Ward, 1909-2000, lecturer in modern languages. 2 files. 1929-1997
GCPP Weir Personal Papers of Barbara Weir, 1942-1993, zoologist. 1 box. 1964-1989
GCPP Weston Personal Papers of Sarah Weston, b 1855. 1 file. 1868-1869
GCPP Williams Personal Papers of Gladys Bendit, 1885-1975, née Williams, formerly Skelton, writer. 3 boxes. 1904–2013
GCPP Wilson Personal Papers of Florence Roma Wilson, 1891-1930, novelist. 1 volume and 1 file. 26 July 1915-October 1920
GCPP Wilson, A Personal Papers of Anne Wilson, 1927-, food historian. 2 items. 1948-1949
GCPP Wodehouse Personal Papers of Helen Marion Wodehouse, 1880-1964, philosopher. 4 boxes. 1895-1993
GCPP Wootton Personal Papers of Barbara Wootton, 1897-1988, née Adam, Baroness Wootton of Abinger. 14 boxes. 1897-1994
GCPP Worzala Personal Papers of Diane Worzala, 1934-2007, née Chase, historian. 3 boxes. 1972-1994
GCPP Yonge Personal Papers of Charlotte Yonge, 1823-1901, novelist. 2 boxes. 1857-1997
GCPP Young Personal Papers of Jean Young, 1903-1990, Scandinavian scholar. 1 box. 1899-1992
GCPP Zimmern Personal Papers of Alice Zimmern, 1855-1939, educationist and suffragist. 1 box. 1850-1950
Links to the catalogues on the Janus website Title and extent Covering dates
GCIP CEBW Central Employment Bureau for Women. 12 items. 1910-1968
GCIP CPF Cambridge Poetry Festival posters. 1 folder. 1975
GCIP CWLA Cambridge Women’s Liberation Group Archive. 27 boxes. 1954-1988
GCIP FDLS Freedom of Labour Defence Society. 1 box. circa 1899-1916
GCIP SPTW Society for Promoting the Training of Women. 41 boxes. 1859-1991
GCIP WWSS Working Women’s Summer School. 4 boxes. 1944-1956

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Further information about the Archive

Hannah Westall
Archivist and Curator
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Further information about the Special Collections

Jenny Blackhurst
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