Scope and Content

This section documents Jeffreys's life from her childhood in the 1900s up to her nineties. The material includes records of school and undergraduate studies, and her continuing links with Northampton School for Girls. There is documentation of early testimonials, showing the high regard in which she was held, and her later honours and awards. There is a sequence of diaries 1975-1996, and a number of household, commonplace and address books. Jeffreys retained close ties with her native county of Northamptonshire and her keen interest in family and local history is recorded. It is unfortunate that there is not more evidence of her well-known musical pursuits. Photographs show Jeffreys from childhood to shortly before her death. However, the largest single component of this section is biographical material relating to her husband Sir Harold Jeffreys (1891-1989). Jeffreys devoted much of her time after his death to writing about his life and work, assisting others with biographical accounts and helping in other ways to preserve and honour his memory.

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