Personal papers illustrating the Girton experience

Last updated: May 2018

These papers include diaries, letters home, memoirs and autobiographical writings; also financial accounts. This list is arranged in broad chronological divisions.

Cropped photograph of a group of students having a tea party in Emily Davies Court, circa 1902. Reference: GCPH 7/1/4

Cropped photograph of a group of students having a tea party in Emily Davies Court, circa 1902. Reference: GCPH 7/1/4

Other relevant records which illustrate ‘the Girton experience’ include: the Historical Reference (GCRF) section of the Archive; the College’s publications, in particular the Girton Review (GCCP); the Photographic collection (GCPH); and the Clubs and Societies (GCAS) section. The catalogues for these sections of the Archive are not yet all available on Janus. Please contact us for more details.

There is also relevant material in published memoirs biographies and autobiographies – please see our list of books about or related to Girton College (pdf).

See also:

A guide to the Archive

Collection reference (with link to the catalogue on the Janus website, where available) Title and Girton dates Brief description of records related to ‘the Girton Experience’
GCPP Stephen Personal Papers of Barbara Stephen, 1872-1945, née Shoresmith, later Shore Nightingale, wife of Sir Harry Stephen, educationist. Girton 1891. Papers include memoirs by Jane Frances Dove (Girton 1871) and Constance Maynard (Girton 1872) which cover the Hitchin / Girton experience during the early 1870s; also a letter from Anna Lloyd (Girton 1869) in which she recounts local reactions to the students at Hitchin.
GCPP Maynard Personal Papers of Constance Louisa Maynard, 1849-1935, Principal of Westfield College. Girton 1872. Papers include receipt for first term’s fees; also poems which shed some light on the Girton experience.
GCPP Tebbutt Personal Papers of Sarah Tebbutt, 1860(?)-1928, née Mason. Girton 1878. Papers include diaries, poems, songs, debating notes, letters.
GCPP LLD Personal Papers of Margaret Llewelyn Davies, 1861-1944, social reformer. Girton 1881. Papers include letters to Margaret from her mother (not much detail on Girton but the catalogue entries quote those part of the letters which help to shed any light on Margaret’s time at Girton and the letters do mention a number of MLD’s contemporaries).
GCPP Muir Personal Papers of Margaret Alice (known as Meta) Muir, 1862-1943. Girton 1881. Papers include photocopies and transcripts from tape of 48 letters, mostly to and from Meta Muir. Contemporaries include Janet Case (Girton 1881), Margaret Llewelyn Davies (Girton 1881), Ethel Sargant (Girton 1881), Rosalind Shore-Smith (Girton 1881), and Helena (Nellie) Sickert (Mrs Swanwick) (Girton 1882). Her father’s interest in and comments on her course (history) are, in themselves, valuable commentary on the texts and teaching methods of the period.
GCPP Zimmern Personal Papers of Alice Zimmern, 1855-1939, educationist and suffragist. Girton 1881. GCPP Zimmern 3/1/1 is an article entitled ‘Lady Students at Cambridge. Girton College’, from London Society, May 1882, giving detail of the Girton buildings and rooms, daily life, transport, study, examinations and student activities.
GCPP Buckler Personal Papers of Georgina Grenfell Buckler, 1863-1953, née Walrond, classicist. Girton 1888. Papers include diaries 1889-91, and an article ‘A Girtonian of the Eighties’, written in 1928 and appeared in the Girton Review (archive reference GCCP 2/1).
GCPP Ford Personal Papers of Cicely Ford, 1876-1960, social worker and deaconess. Girton 1894. GCPP Ford 1 includes letters written by Cicely Ford in 1954 reminiscing about her Girton years.
GCPP Chapman Personal Papers of Maud Chapman, 1880-?, née Reep. Girton 1898. Papers include ‘Daily Routine’ and rules and regulations [circa 1898]; list of furniture provided by Girton for student rooms; and a list of subjects for study 1898.
Collection reference (with link to the catalogue on the Janus website, where available) Title and Girton dates Brief description of records related to ‘the Girton Experience’
GCPP Phillpotts Personal Papers of Bertha Phillpotts, 1877-1932, Scandinavian scholar. Girton 1898. GCPP Phillpotts 1/2/1 includes a few letters written from Girton 1901-3.
GCPP Ford Personal Papers of Hetherington, Lady Honoria, 1881-1972, née Ford, teacher and careworker. Girton 1900. GCPP Ford 2 includes reminiscences by Honoria Ford.
GCPP Howard Personal Papers of Dorothy Howard, 1881-1968, née Howard, wife of 6th Baron Henley. Girton 1901. Letters home 1901-05.
GCPP Smith Personal Papers of Margaret Smith, 1884-1970, orientalist. Girton 1904. Diaries.
GCPP Power, E Personal Papers of Eileen Power, 1889-1940, economic historian, wife of M M Postan. Girton 1907. GCPP Power, E 2/1 (EP’s letters to Margery Garrett), cover the time during which she taught at Girton, 1913-20.
GCPP Pym Personal Papers of Dora Pym, 1890-1980, née Ivens, classicist. Girton 1910. Memoirs include detailed description of life at Girton.
GCPP Sebastian Personal Papers of Hilda Reynolds Sebastian, 1897-1989, née Gosling, formerly Gardner, bookseller. Girton 1916. Letters home.
GCPP Lewis Personal Papers of Beryl Lewis, 1896-1992. Girton 1917. Taped reminiscences, together with résumé.
GCPP Ryley Personal Papers of Constance Ryley, 1898-1976. Girton 1917. Six letters written to an aunt before and during her time at Girton.
GCPP Gaukroger Personal Papers of Winifred Gaukroger, 1900-2003, née Trenholme. Girton 1918. Letters home 1918-19.
GCPP Marshall Personal Papers of Dorothy Marshall, 1900-1994, historian. Girton 1918 (taught by Eileen Power). Diaries (beginning 1919); also autobiography.
Collection reference (with link to the catalogue on the Janus website, where available) Title and Girton dates Brief description of records related to ‘the Girton Experience’
GCPP Anderson Personal Papers of Anderson, Margaret Swainson, 1902-1952, née Willis, geographer. Girton 1921. Diaries cover the latter part of her time at Girton.
GCPP Jeffreys Personal papers of Bertha Jeffreys, 1903-1999, née Swirles, mathematician, wife of Sir Harold Jeffreys. Girton 1921. GCPP Jeffreys 1/9 consists of taped memoirs and transcripts.
GCPP Cave Letters to Frances Cave-Brown-Cave, 1876-1965, mathematician.(Girton 1895, later taught at Girton). Mid-20th Century letters to her include reminiscences from 1920s-30s students.
GCPP Cam Personal Papers of Helen Maud Cam, 1885-1968, Medieval Historian. Girton 1921-48 (was not an undergraduate at Girton). Correspondence covers her Girton years.
GCPP Diggle Personal Papers of Margaret Diggle, b 1905, lecturer in education. Girton 1923. Letters home 1923-26.
GCPP Newman Personal Papers of Lyn Newman, 1901-73, née Irvine, literary journalist. Girton 1924 (Research Student). Copy of a journal kept for three terms while at Girton.
GCPP Freeman Personal Papers of Gwendolen Freeman, b 1908, author and journalist. Girton 1926. Letters home and related notes, also draft of Alma Mater.
GCPP Graham, A1 Personal Papers of Alethea Graham, 1908-1980, missionary worker. Girton 1926. Personal diaries.
GCPP Tillyard Personal Papers of Aelfrida Tillyard, 1883-1959, writer. The diaries of Aelfrida Tillyard include coverage of the period during which her daughters (Alethea Graham, Girton 1926, and Agatha Graham, Girton 1929) studied at Girton.
Collection reference (with link to the catalogue on the Janus website, where available) Title and Girton dates Brief description of records related to ‘the Girton Experience’
GCPP Smith Personal Papers of Margaret Smith, 1884-1970, orientalist. Girton Research Fellow 1932-35, was also a Girton student 1904. Diaries.
GCPP Burton Personal Papers of Burton, Ena Mary, 1918-2013, teacher. Girton 1937. Letters home, 1937-40.
Collection reference (with link to the catalogue on the Janus website, where available) Title and Girton dates Brief description of records related to ‘the Girton Experience’
GCPP Duke Personal Papers of Alison Duke, 1915-2005, classicist.Girton 1934. General correspondence includes many letters from students whom she taught from the 1940s onwards.
GCPP Evans Personal Papers of Margaret Evans, 1924-2014, teacher.Girton 1942. Personal diaries, also notes on wartime Girton.
GCPP Jolliffe Personal Papers of Norah Christina Jolliffe, 1900-1951, classicist.Girton 1918. Papers include material on 1940s wartime regulations at Girton.
GCPP Miller Personal Papers of E Joan (Wilson) Miller, b.1923, née Wilson, geographer.Girton 1941. Account entitled ‘An English Geographer Remembers. Part One: The War Years 1939-1945’ includes detail of life at Girton 1941-44. The collection also includes letters to Joan Miller from Girton contemporaries reminiscing about Girton.
GCPP Ball Personal Papers of Nanda Ball, 1929-, née Hulton.Girton 1947. Personal accounts 1940.
GCPP Garrod Personal Papers of Joan Schneider, b. 1930, née Garrod, teacher and writer.Girton 1948. Diary extracts.
Collection reference (with link to the catalogue on the Janus website, where available) Title and Girton dates Brief description of records related to ‘the Girton Experience’
GCPP Stanley Personal papers of Margaret Shirley Stanley, b 1931, née Wright, teacher. Girton 1950. Letters home.
GCPP Slater Personal Papers of Lucy Joan Slater, 1922-2008, mathematician. Girton 1951 (Research Student). Unpublished autobiography: Chapters 9 covers her Girton years.
GCPP Furst Personal Papers of Lilian Renee Furst, 1931-2009, literary scholar. Girton 1952 (Research Student). ‘The Rachel Chronicles: A Kind of Memoir’ are autobiographical and include the Girton years.
GCPP Franklin Personal Papers of Ann Franklin, 1936- , née Glossop. Girton 1954. Receipts for College accounts, giving an insight into the financial cost of being a student in the mid-1950s.
GCPP Bishop Personal Papers of Rosemary Bishop, 1936-2003, civil servant. Girton 1955. Letters home.
GCPP Thompson Personal Papers of Dorothy Joan Thompson, 1939- , née Walbank, formerly Crawford, classical historian. Girton 1958. Income and expenditure accounts late 1950s and early 1960s.
Collection reference (with link to the catalogue on the Janus website, where available) Title and Girton dates Brief description of records related to ‘the Girton Experience’
GCPP Bickley Personal Papers of Daisy Bickley, b 1942, née Hurn. Girton 1960. Personal accounts second year at Girton 1961-62.

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