Personal Papers of Constance Ryley

Scope and Content

The papers comprise six letters from Constance Ryley to her aunt before and during her time at Girton. The letters cover subjects such as the entrance examination, daily life at Girton, her College room, societies, World War I, study and singing lessons. There is also a testimonial (July 1921) from A Y Campbell, Fellow and Classical Lecturer of St John's College.

Administrative / Biographical History

Constance Whitehorn (nee Ryley) came up to Girton from King Edward VI Grammar School, Birmingham to read Classics 1917-21 (MA 1928). She was a Higgens Scholar. In 1921, she married the Rev. Roy Whitehorn who went on to become Principal of Westminster College, Cambridge while she undertook committee work, writing and speaking for the Central Organisation of Women's Church Work. Constance Ryley lost her mother when she was aged six and appears to have been very close to her aunt.

Conditions Governing Access

Please cite as Girton College Archive, Cambridge, Personal Papers of Constance Ryley, GCPP Ryley

Acquisition Information

The letters were given in November 2000 by John Ryley, Constance Ryley's nephew.

Other Finding Aids

As at Sep 2008 an online catalogue was available at

Archivist's Note

Collection Description taken from JANUS in Sep 2008 as part of Genesis 2008 Project