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Personal Papers of Diane Worzala, 1972 - 1994

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Worzala

Scope and Contents

The papers listed here comprise some of Diane Worzala's written work on the 19th century women's movement, in particular her doctoral thesis on the Langham Place Circle [GCPP Worzala 1/3], together with a small quantity of lecture notes and correspondence. Brief biographical notes from 1987 and a CV dated December 1988 are to be found in GCPP Worzala 1/10 and 1/16 respectively.


  • Creation: 1972 - 1994


Biographical / Historical

Diane Mary Chase was born in the USA on 10 November 1934, the first child of Ted and Marcella (Dolan) Chase of Sun Prairie. Graduating from high school in 1952, she then attended St Mary's Dominican College in New Orleans and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1954 she married Frank Worzala, with whom she had nine children. She later returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, finishing her undergraduate degree in 1972, taking an MA in British History in 1974, and receiving her PhD in modern British history in 1982 for her thesis on the Langham Place Circle. She taught at the University of Notre Dame and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching modern European women's history and a popular history mystery class. Her major research interests lay in the history of 19th and 20thC Britain and she presented many conference papers on various aspects of the Victorian women's movement, on British women in history and on British women historians. She travelled widely for personal reasons and for research, including several periods of research on British women's history at Girton College in the late 1970s and the 1980s. She died on 9 February 2007.


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

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Diane Worzala's daughters Elaine Worzala and Faith W Sell in February 2008, with the exception of DW's thesis on the Langham Place Circle which was donated by them on 26 June 2007.

Related Materials

Further Worzala papers are held by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Date information

DateText: The latter year is circa.


Worzala, Diane Mary Chase (1934-2007), nee Chase, historian

Finding aid date

2009-04-14 10:30:48+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Girton College Archive Repository

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