Papers of Clara Sophie Deneke

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. c. 701, d. 1064-6, e. 989-92, f. 571-2; Eng. lett. c. 470, c. 618-21; German c. 25-7, e. 11-15; Mus. c. 418
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, and German.
  • Physical Description
      24 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of Clara Sophie Deneke and her daughter Margaret, including:  

  • Literary papers of Clara Sophie Deneke, ca. 1900-20
  • Correspondence of Clara Sophie and Margaret Deneke, and various other members of the Deneke family, 1902-66
  • Correspondence and papers relating to the Oxford Ladies Musical Society, 1952-61
  • Diaries of Margaret and Helena Deneke, 1914-33
  • Typescript copy of memoirs of Margaret Deneke, ca. 1956, with photographs, and printed copies of her works, Ernest Walker (Oxford, 1951) and Paul Victor Mendelssohn Benecke (1954)
  • Photographs of members of the Deneke family, their friends, and places associated with them, 1882-1969

Administrative / Biographical History

Clara Sophie Deneke (1847-1933) was an author. Her daughter was Margaret Clara Adle Deneke (1882-1969), author and musicologist (details are given in Who Was Who).

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library by the executors of Margaret Deneke in 1969.


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

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 44385-408.