Copies of Margaret Diggle's letters home from Girton 1923-26 (fourteen letters). The subject matter includes Quiller Couch's lectures (on Dorothy Wordsworth etc) and tutorials with Q., and coaching from F R Leavis (whom she describes), as well as other lectures (mainly in the English Faculty) from G K Chesterton (and his altercation with G G Coulton), Bertrand Russell (on China), and Middleton Murray (Clark lectures). In addition there are descriptions of life at Girton - her room, the Fire Brigade Dance and other dances, a controversy over Freshers Rag, the rule about men in Girton grounds, Tripos Tea, the impact of the General Strike, and, in 1924, the change of status when College became self governing (in this letter is detail of Bertha Phillpotts' explanation of the reasons behind the University's opposition to the admission of women). MD writes of being permanently short of money, the problems of choosing a career, and her student contributions to 'The Gownsman' (including examples).
With the letters are MD's explanatory notes to them, as well as letters to the Archivist 1992-99 about the gift, and some later reminiscences of her time at Girton. There is also a copy of her poems, 'The Telescope of Years' circa 1990.