Thane (Vendla) Papers

Scope and Content

Papers, 1788-1949 and undated, of Vendla Thane, comprising personal papers, 1890, 1910-1949 and undated, such as references, 1910-1911, 1933-1934, passport, 1923, curriculum vitae, 1923, degree certificates, 1927, a few miscellaneous items of correspondence, medical material, photographs, 1888, 1910s-1940s and undated, covering the years of her youth with her parents, her school career, and various Thane relatives, and miscellaneous printed material; genealogical notes on the Klingbergs of Stockholm (descended from the Vasas, the old Swedish royal family), 1788-1902 and undated, possibly written by Jenny, Lady Thane, and including documents about C G Thrstrm, 1788-1809, papers relating to the engagement and marriage of George Thane and Jenny Klingberg, 1883-1884, and memorabilia relating to Jenny Lind and her family, possibly collected by Lady Thane, and including a manuscript of 'Jenny Lind' by Lady Thane. The papers and photographs date largely from the 1900s and 1910s, and there is little material relating to Vendla's life after the 1930s, or to Sir George Dancer Thane.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born, 1885; eldest daughter of Sir George Dancer Thane (Professor of Anatomy at University College London, 1877-1919) and Jenny, daughter of August Klingberg of Stockholm and god-daughter of the famous Swedish soprano Jenny Lind; sister of Alice Ebba Thane and of George Augustus (who died young); attended South Hampstead High School; studied mathematics at Newnham College Cambridge; taught at Hulme Grammer School for Girls, Oldham, the Perse School for Girls, Cambridge, and at Wimbledon High School for more than 20 years; died, 1976.


The papers are arranged in the following sections: personalia (Ref: 1); Klingberg family papers (Ref: 2); photographs (Ref: 3); miscellaneous printed materials and two manuscript novels (Ref: 4).

Access Information


The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Dr Ann Saunders, executrix of Vendla Thane, in 1984.

Other Finding Aids

Detailed list available on the online catalogue.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Related Material

University College London Special Collections also holds papers of Vendla Thane's father, Sir George Dancer Thane (Ref: MS ADD 282).