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Gertrude Mary Hirst Scrapbook

Identifier: BC35-06

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The collection contains a scrapbook and a folder of clippings.


  • Creation: 1905 - 1962


This collection is restricted pending conservation treatment.

Fragile – Brittle Pages and loose photos/materials

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard College Archives. The Barnard College Archives approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes.


Gertrude Mary Hirst was born January 22, 1869 in Huddersfield, England. She studied classics at Newnham College in Cambridge, and graduated in 1891. She came to the United States to teach at the Louisville, KY Female Seminary. In 1900 she started graduate work at Columbia under Edward Delavan Perry and Mortimer Lamson Earle. Upon receipt of her Ph.D. in 1901, she embarked on what would be a 40 year career at Barnard, teaching Greek and Latin. She was known for her habits of bicycling down Broadway in long skirts and straw hats, and for the table she kept in the Faculty Dining Room. During World War I, she was the Director of the Columbia Boat House Canteen where Barnard students entertained military personnel passing through New York. Throughout her years at Barnard, Miss Hirst developed a devoted group of colleagues and students. Although she officially retired in 1943, in 1959 she celebrated her 90th birthday with her Barnard colleagues. Her memoir, From a Yorkshire Town to Morningside Heights, published in 1957, documents life at Barnard at the turn of the 20th century.


0.88 Linear Feet




This collection consists of a scrapbook and a folder of clippings documenting the career of Professor Gertrude Mary Hirst and her service to Barnard College.

Collection Arrangement

Collection is unprocessed and order is not apparent.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

The acquisition date and source is unknown.


No additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Marcia Bassett and Stephanie Mannheim in July, 2011.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

Guide to the Gertrude Mary Hirst Scrapbook
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

3009 Broadway
New York NY 10027 United States