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Davies, Sarah Emily, 1830 - 1921 (pioneer for women's education)



  • Existence: 1830 - 1921

Dates and places

Born in Southampton 1830, died in London 1921.

Geographical areas

Educated at home. Lived in Gateshead, Co. Durham 1839-61. Lived and worked in London from 1862 until her death in 1921, with periods of residence in Hitchin and later at Girton College, Cambridge, 1869-1904.

Legal status / Nationality


Sphere of activity

Pioneer in the field of women's education, particularly higher education. Founder of Girton College, Cambridge.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:


Personal Papers of Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, 1801 - 2000

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Bodichon
Scope and Contents The papers of Madame Bodichon are dispersed. A number are held at Girton, having reached the College as gifts, mainly from the Leigh Smith family, and by purchase. The bulk of the papers at Girton consists of letters from Emily Davies to Bodichon for the period 1865-1887. Early letters relate, on the whole, to the activities of the Langham Place Circle, the English Woman’s Journal, and the Kensington Society, later letters to the foundation and day-to-day organisation of Girton College....
Dates: 1801 - 2000
Conditions Governing Access: Access is open to bona fide scholars by appointment only.

Personal Papers of Sarah Emily Davies, 1856 - 1978

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Davies
Scope and Contents The papers include the Family Chronicle (an account of family and other matters written by Davies in 1905, covering the years 1847-68) and papers relating to the following: London University degrees for women; Elizabeth Garrett and medical examinations; the Victoria Magazine, 1863-4; the London School Board, 1870-73; the Schools Enquiry Commission, 1864-70; admission of girls to local examinations, 1858-69; the London Association of Schoolmistresses and the Kensington Society, 1866-69;...
Dates: 1856 - 1978
Conditions Governing Access: Open to bona fide scholars and by appointment only.