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The Hypatia Trust has been created to collect, and make available, published and personal documentation about the achievements of women in every aspect of their lives. Central to the Trust's activities is the care and development of the Hypatia Collection, a unique collection of books, artefacts, and archives, by and about women.
The Hypatia Library was set up in 1996, with registered offices at the Jamieson Library, Newmill, Penzance, Cornwall to protect and develop the extensive collections of archives (scrapbooks, diaries, letters), books, periodicals, artefacts and ephemera, and audio-visual materials formed over a 30 year period by Melissa Hardie, who now serves as the company secretary and one of the Trustees.
Currently the Collections are lodged in five locations:
1) The Hypatia Collection at The Jamieson Library, Newmill, Penzance, Cornwall.
2) The Hypatia Collection at The University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon.
3) The Elizabeth Treffry Cornish Collection, Trevelyan House, 16 Chapel Street, Penzance, Cornwall. [In process of moving to new location in Truro, Cornwall, linked with the Royal Institution of Cornwall & the Royal Cornwall Museum.]
4) 'Hypatia in the Woods' is situated south of Seattle, on Puget Sound, near Shelton, Washington, U.S.A. This 15 acre site with house and outbuildings has been donated to provide the Trust with a residential retreat and study centre for the use of its membership world-wide and especially those with interests in poetry, writing workshops, handprinting and small-press publishing.
5) The Hypatia Collection of Minority Women's Literature, Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
By appointment only. The Trust is currently (2011-12) in process of moving offices to the Jamieson Library of Women's History, Newmill, Penzance. Coming in 2013: A new Cornish Women's Collection - the Elizabeth Treffry Collection will be permanently re-locating to Truro, Cornwall.
The Hypatia Collections feature a range of subject areas relating to the social history and achievements of women throughout history. All of the subjects listed below come into our arena of interests, in the sense that there are prominent women involved in each. Our largest collections contain archival material, art works and literature on the lives of women in particular occupations, countries and periods of time. Our publications are based on the research and studies of our members and their colleagues in various academic institutions world-wide.
Archives, Literature, Decorative and Applied Art, Social History