Catalogue of the papers of Marjorie Eugene Alexander, 1929-72

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Table of Contents

A    Diaries, 1929-71
B    Other papers, 1929-72

Papers of Marjorie Eugene Alexander, 1929-72

Papers of Marjorie Eugene Alexander (b 1913) New Zealand pianist, 1929-72.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. b. 2106-7, c. 6843-56, d. 3398-400

Extent: 19 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Marjorie Eugene Alexander (b. 1913) was a New Zealand pianist who won an Associated Board Scholarship in 1931 which enabled her to study at the Royal College of Music in London. She remained at the college for five years and won numerous awards including a Leverhulme Exhibition. Alexander also began broadcasting in the Overseas Service of the BBC whilst still studying at the Royal College of Music. She made her London debut at Wigmore Hall in 1944 and continued to tour England. She married Cyril Cooke in 1956? and taught the piano.

Scope and Content

Mainly diaries. Also found with the collection were three photographs, including two portraits of Marjorie Alexander by the photographer Angus McBean, see MS. Photogr. c. 128, fols. 89-91, and a box of ten medals awarded as music prizes when she was still in New Zealand, 1929-31, see Janitor's List of Library Portraits and Objects 748.


The papers were given by Dr. Catherine Finer with a letter of authority from Cyril Cooke, Marjorie Alexander's husband, 1998

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 6843, fols. 1-2].

Subjects (LCSH)


Personal names (NCA Rules)

Alexander | Marjorie Eugene | b 1913 | pianist

A   Diaries, 1929-71

Note: Mainly written in A4 notebooks, except for MS. Eng. d. 3398

Diary, June-Dec. 1929, 1931-2
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6843
Extent: 113 leaves

Scope and Content:

Loose notes found inside MS. Eng. d. 3398 below. Including

  • (fols. 55-76) account of the journey by ship to England, 1931-2

Diary, written in Whitcombe's New Zealand Commercial Dairy (sic) No. 21, 1930, 1930
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3398
Extent: viii + 32 + 212 pages
Binding: red cloth, gilt lettering

Diary, 1942-3
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6844
Extent: 146 leaves, 139-46 blank

Scope and Content:

Includes (fol. 2) an explanatory note for part of the gap in her diaries.

Diary, 1944
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6845
Extent: 94 leaves

Diary, 1945
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6846
Extent: 96 leaves, 85-96 blank

Diary, 1946
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6847
Extent: 138 leaves, 81-138 blank

Diary, 1947
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6848
Extent: 92 leaves, 69-92 blank

Diary, 1948
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6849
Extent: 92 leaves, 77-92 blank

Diary, 1949
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6850
Extent: 94 leaves, 73-91 blank

Diary, 1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6851
Extent: 84 leaves

Diary, 1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6852
Extent: 95 leaves, 64-95 blank

Diary, 1952
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6853
Extent: 92 leaves, 86-92 blank

Diary, 1953
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6854
Extent: 94 leaves, 77-94 blank

Diary, 1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6855
Extent: 140 leaves, 67-140 blank

Diary, May-Sept. 1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3399
Extent: 32 leaves

Diary, 1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3400
Extent: 85 leaves, 1-17, 54-84 blank

B   Other papers, 1929-72

Presscuttings, 1929-37
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2106
Extent: 105 leaves

Miscellaneous papers, 1930-69
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6856
Extent: 36 leaves

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous papers, including

  • (fols. 4-6) publicity pamphlets about Alexander, c.1944
  • (fols. 9-14) New Zealand News (London, 1944)
  • (fols. 15-16) score cards for Australian cricket matches played in England, 1948
  • (fols. 17-33) documents relating to St. Mary the Boltons Church, London, 1950-51, with
    • (fols. 25-33) newsletters, 1951
  • (fols. 34-5) certificates for organ playing, 1968-9

Music certificates, 1930-72
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2107
Extent: 4 leaves

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