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Reynolds: The Papers of Joyce Maire Reynolds (1918-2022), classical epigrapher

Reference Code: GBR/3437/JMRD

Scope and Contents

This archive comprises the working papers of Joyce Reynolds, including her own handwritten and typescript drafts of her academic publications, off-prints of those articles, correspondence with scholars seeking her advice on challenging inscriptions which required translation, copious photographs of Classical inscriptions, archaeological sites, architecture and statuary from Rome, the ancient city of Aphrodisias in western Turkey and from across Libya. Another aspect of professional life was her involvement in the Cambridge Greek and Latin bookclub, for which she was Secretary untill it was dissolved, thereby she retained the papers which document its existence.
Other records include an autobiographical collection of family photographs and sentimental items, such as her mother's Edwardian teacher training notebooks and significant milestone birthday cards with messages bearing testimony to Professor Reynold's profound influence on generations of students, in particular those from Newnham College.
Additionally, Professor Reynolds inherited from her colleague Richard Goodchild all his working notes and photographs from his study of the epigraphy and archaeology of the Roman province of Cyrenaica, in Libya. Joyce added her own notes and photographs to these files for forty years. Goodchild's cache of Richad Norton's 1911 Cyrene photographs, his glass lantern slides of North African Roman archaeological sites and some files pertaining to archaeology observed during the latter part of the North Africa campaing during World World II, were also preserved by Professor Reynolds.


  • Creation: 1912 - 2022


Biographical / Historical

Joyce's middle name Maire is an Irish name chosen by her mother and she pronounced it 'Maura'.


5 linear metre(s) : papers, photographs

Language of Materials



Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

Physical Description

Loose leaves of paper, handwritten and typescript. Monochrome and colour negative and postive photographic prints. Printed off-prints. Bound notebooks. Printed birthday cards.
All in good conditon, a few papers and photographs have slight singe marks around their edges, after a fire occurred in Professor Reynold's office at Newnham College.

The Papers of Joyce Maire Reynolds (1918-2022), classical epigrapher
In Progress
March 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Cambridge: Faculty of Classics Archives Repository

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge CB3 9DA United Kingdom
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