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Undergraduate study, Queen Mary, University of London
Ref No (click to see in context)WFD/26/1
TitleBudget Letters
Extent1 box
DescriptionThis sub-series contains informal letters written predominantly by Constance Maynard as part of 'The Budget' to keep in touch with former students, 1887-1934.

Topics covered include the frequency of the circulation of the packet, development of the 'budget rings', news of Westfield College, comments on the activities of individuals including staff and students, finances, family, and personal news and activities.

Includes letters to the different 'rings' of the budget. Some letters are incomplete.

Also includes a list of names and addresses.
Admin HistoryThe budget letters was a system devised by Constance Maynard as early as 1887 for keeping former students in touch with herself and each other. The word budget originates from the French word 'bourgette' which means leather pouch. During the eighteenth century it was used to mean a 'bundle of news'.

Those who joined the plan, which was known from the start as 'The Budget' contributed their own news to a packet of letters which were in constant circulation. As the number of old students grew, so did the groups or 'rings'. By the time Constance Maynard retired there were 8 rings of letters circulating.
ArrangementArranged chronologically by letters then followed by a list of names and addresses.
Access StatusOpen
CodePerson or Corporate Body Name
DS/UK/30Westfield College; 1882-1989; Higher Education Institution