Catalogue of the correspondence of Charis Frankenburg, 1927-45

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

C. Parker

2002

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Letters to Sydney and Charis Frankenburg from their son, Peter Frankenburg, 1927-45
B    Newsletters from Charis Frankenburg to her children, close friends and relatives, typescript carbon copies, 1939-44


Correspondence of Charis Frankenburg, 1927-45

Abstract:
Correspondence of Charis Frankenburg with her family, 1927-45

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7043-8

Extent: 6 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Charis Ursula Frankenburg (1892-1985) was the daughter of Percy Barnett and his wife, Annie. She was born in Isleworth, London, where her father was the Principal of the Teacher Training College. She matriculated at Somerville College, Oxford in 1912 but her studies were interrupted by the outbreak of the war. She trained as a midwife in 1915 and went to work in a maternity hospital in a war zone in France. This work later qualified her for a war degree from Oxford. She married Sydney Frankenburg in 1918 and they had four children, Peter, John, Miles and Ursula. She was the author of a number of books on childcare and had a lifelong interest in improving the lives of women and children in inner-city areas. In 1926 she set up the first birth control clinic in Salford, together with Mary Stocks. She was a JP in Salford for many years, working mostly in the Juvenile Courts. For further information see her autobiography, Not Old Madam, Vintage (Lavenham, 1975).

Scope and Content

The collection comprises letters from her son Peter Frankenburg, whilst he was at school and in the army, 1927-45, and letters from her to her children, 1939-44.

Acquisition

Given by P.L.D. Frankenburg, 1988-91.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7043, fols. 1-2].

Family names (NCA rules)

Frankenburg | family

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Frankenburg | Charis Ursula | 1892-1985 | née Barnett | author and social reformer
Frankenburg | Peter Leonard Denis | b 1919 | Major in the Lancashire Fusiliers

Subjects (LCSH)

World War, 1939-1945

A   Letters to Sydney and Charis Frankenburg from their son, Peter Frankenburg, 1927-45

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7043-4


Letters from Peter Frankenburg to his parents, written whilst he was at school and university, 1927-39
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7043
Extent: 147 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises letters written from

  • (fols. 1-12) Bilton Grange school, Rugby, 1927-8
  • (fols. 13-56) Fonthill school, East Grinstead, 1929-32
  • (fols. 57-116) Stowe school, Buckingham, 1932-7
  • (fols. 117-47) Balliol College, Oxford, 1937-9

Letters from Peter Frankenburg to his mother, written while he was in the army, 1939-45
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7044
Extent: ii + 231 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises letters written from

  • (fols. 1-77) England
  • (fols. 84-122) Egypt
  • (fols. 123-132) Libya
  • (fols. 136-230) Italy

B   Newsletters from Charis Frankenburg to her children, close friends and relatives, typescript carbon copies, 1939-44

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7045-8

Note: At the start of the war, Charis Frankenburg invited the staff and children of Greengate Hospital and Open Air School, Salford, to take up residence at her home, Oughtrington Hall, near Lymm in Cheshire. The hospital was originally opened in 1875 as a dispensary for treating the 'sick poor'. It later became a hospital for children deformed by rickets and in 1883 a co-operating day nursery was added. The hospital and school remained at Oughtrington Hall for the duration of the war and the newsletters contain details of the daily lives of family members, staff and children.

Newsletters, Sept. 1939-Dec. 1940
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7045
Extent: i + 146 leaves

Newsletters, 1941
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7046
Extent: 162 leaves

Newsletters, 1942
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7047
Extent: 112 leaves

Newsletters, 1943-4
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7048
Extent: 175 leaves

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