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Personal Papers of Laura Seddon, 1924 - 2015

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Seddon

Scope and Contents

The papers of Laura Seddon listed here comprise her mathematical notes made while at Girton, together with correspondence, cuttings and personal items, some of which she organised into a scrapbook (see GCPP Seddon 1/7).


  • 1924 - 2015


Biographical / Historical

Winifred Laura Feber (known as Laura) was born on 9 October 1910 at Waterhead, Oldham, the daughter of Llewellyn Feber, managing secretary of the Nottingham Co-operative Society, and Annie Dunkerley. Educated at the Mount School, Kersal and Long Eaton County Secondary School, she came to Girton College to read Mathematics from 1928-1931. She gained a London Teacher’s Diploma in 1932 and went on to teach mathematics at the County School for Girls, Penarth, 1932-35 and Manchester High School, 1935-38. In 1936 Laura Feber married Reuben Cowburn Seddon, a barrister. (Their daughter Vivien came to Girton to read Music in 1957.) Laura remained in contact with a number of Girton acquaintances; she was particularly active in the Manchester Association of Cambridge University Women for many years; she was a member of the Girton College Roll Committee in the 1980s; and the Girton Newsletter of 1997 notes that she was a collector of and speaker on antique glass and Victorian ephemera. The Laura Seddon Collection of Victorian and Edwardian greeting cards is held in the Special Collections of Manchester Metropolitan University: she was made an Honorary Fellow of MMU in 1992 in recognition of her work in this area. Laura Seddon died on 15 December 1995.


3 archive box(es) (3 boxes) : paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Laura Seddon's daughter in 1997, in two batches.

Related Materials

Girton College Library holds a copy of Laura Seddon, 'A Gallery of Greetings: a Guide to the Seddon collection of greetings cards in Manchester Polytechnic Library', 1992.


This collection was catalogued by Kimberley Ashwell, an archive volunteer, 2014 and revised by Joan Bullock-Anderson.


Seddon, Winifred Laura, 1910-1995, née Feber, teacher

Finding aid date

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

Repository Details

Part of the Girton College Archive Repository

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