|Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)||MAOM/4|
|Title||Papers of Hester Norris|
|Extent||14 volumes, 18 CDs and 1 file|
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|Description||Material includes 14 volumes of Hester Norris' diaries. These diaries provide a detailed insight into alpine mountaineering in Europe, primarily during the period 1934-1956. The diaries are also notable for providing detailed accounts of expeditions written by an early female alpinist. The diaries describe mountaineering in The Alps in Switzerland and France and in The Dolomites in Italy. Norris' diary for 1939 is particularly interesting due to the impending Second World War. Also includes DVD copies of the diaries and a small amount of correspondence relating to their acquisition by the Midland Association of Mountaineers.|
Hester Norris (1910-1991) was a member of the Midland Association of Mountaineers from 1949 to 1965. She visited the Alps regularly during the 1930s-1950s. Two of her diaries refer to Association expeditions in Norway and in northern Italy. In 1955 Norris suffered a stroke and this curtailed her mountaineering activities.