Speeches by Joan Pernel Strachey at Newnham College

Scope and Content

1. Manuscript text of a speech about College rules. Undated.

2. Manuscript text of a speech in 1925, at the start of the academic year (unfinished). Gives College news, including Miss Russell Smith's splendid achievement in the Civil Service exams, the first time that the examination was open to women.

3. Manuscript for the Commemoration speech in 1926. Gives news of staff and alumnae

4. Manuscript for the Commemoration speech in 1927. News of staff and alumnae. Guest speaker Miss Tuke

5. Manuscript for the Commemoration speech in 1929.

6. Manuscript for the Commemoration speech in 1930. Guest speakers Mrs Keynes and Mrs Hamilton

7. Manuscript for the Commemoration speech in 1931. Guest speakers Miss Clough, Dr Davies and Miss Barrie

8. Manuscript for the Commemoration speech in 1932. Guest speakers Miss Bowden-Smith, Miss Marshall and Frau Doktor Sommer.

9. Manuscript for the Commemoration speech in 1933. Says it is the tenth time that she has had the 'agreeable business of welcoming you all to Commemoration'. Guest speakers Lady Layton and Miss Meade.

10. Manuscript for the Commemoration speech in 1934, welcoming past and present students, plus many distinguished outsiders. News of the College; guest speakers Miss Silcox, Mrs Hubback and Miss Steele-Smith

11. Manuscript for the Commemoration speech, for 1936. The speech is undated, but Joan Strachey mentions Mrs Sidgwick's death 10 days earlier. Eleanor Mildred Sidgwick, former Principal of the College, died on 10 Feb 1936

12. Programme for Commemoration, 15 Oct 1937. Guest speakers Miss Elles and Miss Macdonald.

13. Manuscript for the Commemoration speech in 1937.

14. Manuscript for the Commemoration speech in 1938. Guest speakers Mrs Salter, Mrs Lee and Miss Garrod

15. Manuscript for the Commemoration speech in 1939. Guest speakers Miss Jebb, Miss Behrens and Miss Paterson

16. Manuscript for the Commemoration speech for 1940. News of changes at the College brought about by war

17. Manuscript for the Commemoration speech for 1941

18. Manuscript for a speech (undated) to welcome new Research Fellows, Research Students and Scholars.

19. Manuscript for a speech (undated), possibly for Commemoration

20. Manuscript for a Commemoration speech (undated). Welcomes Philippa Fawcett as guest speaker.

21 Manuscript for a Commemoration speech (undated).

22 Manuscript for a Commemoration speech (undated).

23. Manuscript notes for a speech about the history of Newnham College, 1925

24. Manuscript notes (3 sheets) relating to the history of Newnham College

25. Manuscript note, dated 1868: 'I will try to be respectful to parents, but how is it possible to describe College life without showing how infinitely pleasanter it will be than home? ... I do not believe that our utmost efforts to poison the students' lives at College will make them half so miserable as they are at home.'