Papers of Marjorie Eugene Alexander

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. b. 2106-7, c. 6843-56, d. 3398-400
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Scope and Content

Papers of Marjorie Eugene Alexander, mainly consisting of 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.

Administrative / 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.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

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


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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