Shirley Wright was born in Leeds, the daughter of Sydney Wright, bank manager, and Evelyn Appleyard. Educated at Cheadle Hulme School, she studied Classics at Girton 1950-53. She studied for her PGCE at Hughes Hall 1953-54. She taught Classics in York, 1954-59 and then later in Loughton, Essex. She married Michael Stanley, an engineer, in 1956.
File comprises chiefly photocopies of letters written by Shirley Wright to her parents during her first year at Girton, 1950-51: the letters are dated October 1950; December 1950 (x2); January 1951; February 1951 (x2) and May 1951 (x2). They refer to lectures and other academic work, with occasional mention of Alison Duke; Girton events; financial matters; and domestic and social matters. S W often asks her parents to send various items from home, including rationed food items. Specific Girton events referred to include a College dance in December 1950; Founder's Memorial Lecture February 1951; and the College Feast May 1951. She also mentions a trip to Oxford with a friend in February 1951 and a punting trip in May 1951.
The file also contains the following:
modern copies of two photographs of a punting trip on the Cam, June 1952, showing Shirley Wright, Dorothy Killick of Girton, and Hugh Bowden of St John's College, together with a related letter from Shirley Stanley [no date];
photocopy of a photograph by Stearn & Sons of Girton Table Tennis Players 1950-51, together with partial key to names, including Shirley Wright, Naomi Macleod, Anne Peter, Brenda Sheail, Isabel Woodhead, Pauline Crispin, Jo Shipley, Lesley Donnison and Joan Kerr;
photocopy of programme for John Barton's 'That's All One', a production at the ADC, October 1950, to which S W refers in her letter of 22 October 1950.
The originals of these items were brought to the Girton Roll weekend 1984 by Mrs Stanley: copies were taken and the originals returned.