Personal Papers of Mary Elizabeth Taylor

Scope and Content

The collection consists of: 'Girton's Jubilee', pictures from Daily Sketch, 28 July 1919; 'Our Portraits. Miss Welsh, Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge'. [Press cutting] not dated; notes on location of fire hydrants, engines, ropes, hoses and nozzles not dated; 'St Valentine's Day at Girton': photograph of cartoon from Punch, 26 Feb 1876; 'The Girl Graduate's Rejection. Midnight scenes at Cambridge. Students charged by fire brigade' [press cutting - photocopy] May 1897; 'The original dining hall', photograph not dated, with note 'the chairs survived till the late 1940s'; 'Cambridge University. Seminary for young ladies', etc, photocopy of cartoon in The Granta, 15 May 1897; 'The Triumph of Man', photocopy of cartoon on the front page of The Westminster Budget, 28 May 1897; illustrations of scenes in 'Senate House Courtyard', in the Daily Graphic, 24 May 1897; slips requiring visit from student and giving permission to student to visit Cambridge and stay out, signed by E Welsh not dated; 'Rules of the Girton College Fire Brigade' not dated; 'Girton College. Daily Routine' not dated.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mary Elizabeth Taylor was born in 1903. She was a research Student at Girton College in 1926 and was a great-niece of Elizabeth Welsh, an early student, later Mistress of the College. She married Percy Collins in 1940 and died in 1994.

Access Information

Access is open to bona fide scholars by appointment only.

Other Finding Aids

As at Sep 2008 an online catalogue for Girton College Archives was available at

Archivist's Note

Collection Description taken from Genesis in Sep 2008 as part of Genesis 2008 Project. Description by Catherine Burke, Genesis Project Officer 17/01/2002

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