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Personal Papers of Norah Jolliffe, 1900 - 1955

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Jolliffe

Scope and Contents

The papers include some personal and biographical records, including photographs and information on the Jolliffe family. They also cover her research interests and teaching commitments as well as activities particular to Cambridge and Girton College. There is a small amount of correspondence.


  • 1900 - 1955


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in items written by Norah Jolliffe is presumed to lie either with her heir/s or Girton College.

Biographical / Historical

Norah Christina Jolliffe was born in 1900 at Abingdon, the daughter of Arthur Jolliffe, fellow and tutor of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and Eliza Ostler. She was educated at the Dragon School and Cheltenham Ladies’ College and came up to Girton in 1918 to read Classics as a Higgens Scholar. She took the Diploma in Classical Archaeology in 1922 and followed that with a year at the British School of Rome as a Gilchrist Student. After teaching and lecturing successively at the Girls’ Central Secondary School in Sheffield (1923-25), Cheltenham Ladies’ College (1925-27), the University of Reading (1927-34) and Royal Holloway College (1934-36), she returned to Girton to direct studies in Classics and in Archaeology and Anthropology in 1936 until her death in 1951. She also advised students reading the Moral Sciences Tripos from 1941. Her first paper was written in collaboration with Eugenie Strong in 1924 and her special interest lay in the field of ancient religion, with particular emphasis on the archaeological and anthropological aspects of the subject. She examined in both parts of the University of Cambridge Classical Tripos over many years and, in 1949, was the first woman to act as Chairman of the Part I Examiners. She was Vice-President of the Classical Association and organised some of its conferences; she also served on the councils of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies and the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. She was a member of the academic sub-committee of the British Federation of University Women for a number of years. [These notes are drawn largely from the Girton College Register, Vol. I.]


7 archive box(es) (7 boxes) : paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Many of the papers were transferred to Girton College Archives by Alison Duke, who had taken over as Director of Studies in Classics in 1951 and kept them in her College room. Miss Duke assisted in the identification and interpretation of some of the papers. Additional papers were later transferred from Miss Duke's house in 2001.


Jolliffe, Norah Christina, 1900-1951, classicist

Finding aid date

2001-03-07 15:21:04+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Girton College Archive Repository

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