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Diaries, 1900 - 1963

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Smith 1/1

Scope and Contents

Margaret Smith's diaries are of an essentially factual nature, recording events and activities largely without comment. They are presumed to have been written and kept chiefly as an aide-memoire. As they cover an unbroken period of sixty-three years they contain much of biographical interest, including regular mention of her six sisters. The broad outline is as follows:
Volumes 1-3 (1900-04) cover M S’s school years;
Volume 4-5 (1904-06) cover the early Girton years;
Volume 6 (1906-09) covers the remaining time at Girton, time in London and M S’s departure for Beyrout as a missionary worker / teacher;
Volumes 7-8 (1909-12) are largely written in Beyrout, with periods of leave in England;
Volume 9 (1912-16) covers Beyrout, Cairo, return to Preston in May 1915, war work in Preston, and M S's study for a teaching diploma in Oxford;
Volume 10 (1916-20) covers teaching at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School 1917, return to Cairo in January 1918, and return to London in June 1920;
Volume 11 (1920-23) covers teaching in Sudan (Khartoum / Omdurman), with periods of leave in England;
Volume 12 (1923-27) covers Khartoum till May 1925; School of Oriental Studies, London from January 1926; and completion of PhD thesis;
Volume 13 (1927-33) covers the early years of reading, writing and lecturing on Islamic mysticism; also M S's Girton Fellowship from October 1932;
Volume 14 (1933-41) covers Girton to September 1935, London 1935-36, and Manchester College, Oxford, 1936-38, while M S continues to lecture and examine in London and elsewhere, and work on the Wartime Social Survey from December 1940;
Volume 15 (1941-50) covers Wartime Social Survey work to June 1941 and other wartime work (Arabic translation, scriptwriting and teaching), followed by further writing and publication;
Volume 16 (1950-56) covers continued writing and publication, and an increasingly domestic life;
Volume 17 (1956-63) as Vol. 16 above (working mostly on occasional articles and reviews), and increasingly spending time caring for her sister Clara.


  • Creation: 1900 - 1963



17 volume(s) : Paper

Language of Materials



Smith, Margaret

Finding aid date

2012-11-06 10:13:40+00:00

Repository Details

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