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Personal Papers of Constance Maynard, 1867 - 1875

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Maynard

Scope and Contents

The papers listed here comprise a small collection of miscellanea, including examination papers and some Girtoniana.


  • Creation: 1867 - 1875


Conditions Governing Access


Biographical / Historical

Constance Louisa Maynard was born on 19 February 1849 in Highbury, Middlesex, daughter of Henry Maynard, South African merchant, and Louisa Hillyard. She grew up in a strict evangelical household in Hawkhurst, Kent: she was educated at home and for one year at Belstead School in Suffolk. She came to The College for Women, Hitchin in 1872, moving to Girton in 1873. She was the first woman to sit the Moral Sciences Tripos and achieved the equivalent of a second class honours degree. Constance played an influential part in the establishment of Westfield College, London, a residential college in Hampstead for women (which merged with Queen Mary College in 1989). She held the title of Mistress (derived from the title established at Girton) from its establishment in 1882 until 1913. Constance never married but in 1888, through a friend in the Salvation Army, she adopted the then eight year old Stephanë Anthon (known as Effie). She continued to support her until Effie died in 1915. Constance Maynard wrote poetry, religious periodicals and tracts, and papers on the education of women. Her published works include 'Between College Terms' (1910); 'The Life of Dora Greenwell' (1926); 'From an early Victorian schoolroom to the university' (1914); and several contributions to The Hibbert Journal and other religious periodicals. Girton College Library holds copies of some of her published works. Constance Maynard died at her home in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, on 26 March 1935, and was buried at Gerrards Cross parish church on 29 March. These notes are largely derived from a more detailed biography of Constance Maynard which is available on the website of Queen Mary, University of London.


2 file(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Janet Sondheimer, honorary archivist, Westfield College in 1988.

Related Materials

Girton College Library holds: 1) 'Letters from a Cottage' reprinted from 'Woman's Work' by James Nisbet and Co., London, probably written by Constance Louisa Maynard, based on visits to and letters from a girl in her teens living in a cottage in Duck End, Girton. The visits take place during Constance Maynard's last two terms at Girton in 1875 and a few subsequent visits to Cambridge. 2) ‘Constance Louisa Maynard, Mistress of Westfield College: a family portrait’ by Catherine Beatrice Firth and published by G. Allen & Unwin (1949). It covers the History of Education: Universities and Cambridge: Girtonians 3) ‘Between College terms’ written by Constance Maynard (1910) History of Education: Universities (London) 4) ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is Like' by Constance Maynard, published in London by The Religious Tract Society. 5) ‘The perfect law of liberty: thoughts on the opposition of personal independence and true freedom’. Written by Constance Maynard and published in London by The Religious Tract Society (192?) 6) ‘Take with your words’ written by Constance Maynard (1919) 7) ‘We women: a golden hope’ written by Constance Maynard. Published in London by Morgan & Scott Ltd.

Related Materials

The papers of Constance Maynard are held in the archives of Queen Mary, University of London. Some of this collection has been digitised (see A short biography highlighting the key points of her life written by Constance Maynard, is held by the Albany History Museum, Grahamstown, South Africa.


This collection was catalogued by Kimberley Ashwell, an archive volunteer, August 2013 and revised by Joan Bullock-Anderson.


Maynard, Constance Louisa, 1849-1935, Principal of Westfield College

Finding aid date

1998-09-03 13:40:49+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Girton College Archive Repository

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