Dorothea Oschinsky: Doctoral Thesis and Papers

Scope and Content

[1] Doctoral thesis, 'Die Gesamturbare des Bischofs von Brixen aus der Mitte des dreizehnten und aus dem vierzehnten Jahrhundert', on estates of the diocese of Bressanone (Brixen), 13-14th centuries.

[2-6] Copy-letters to sister Ilse (1933 and 1960); a certificate of passing the examination of her doctoral thesis 'magna cum laude' (1936); a copy of her birth certificate (1938); paper (in German) on the future of Jews in Germany (1939); and a letter to her uncle (c.1939).

[7-23] Letters to Dorothea Oschinsky from Eileen Power, including 1 to Professor Valentin, and Dorothea Oschinsky's 'Plan for study' (7-18); letters from R.H. Tawney (1945) (19), V.H. Galbraith (1969) (20-21), Leo Santifaller (1971) (22), and Eleanora Carus-Wilson (1972) (23).

[24] Typescript, 'Notes on the editing and the interpretation of estate accounts', read at the annual meeting of editors of record publishing societies, c.1968.

[25-26] Portrait photograph (1936); copy of Oschinsky's obituary by C.N.L. Brooke in The Independent (8 September 1995).

Administrative / Biographical History

Dorothea Oschinsky (1910-95), historian, teacher, and benefactor of Cambridge University Library. She was born in Silesia and completed a Ph.D. at Breslau University, although the degree was not awarded because of her Jewish descent. She came to England, studied with Eileen Power and Eleanora Carus-Wilson at the London School of Economics, and became Lecturer in Palaeography, Liverpool University, 1946-72, and Reader, 1972-76.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by Dorothea Oschinsky, 1995.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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