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Thane (Vendla) Papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 MS ADD 298
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Thane (Vendla) Papers
Date(s): 1788-1949
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 3 boxes, 1 folder
Name of creator(s): Thane | Vendla Harriett Matilda | 1885-1976
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


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 Swedith 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.


Scope and content/abstract:

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 Thrström, 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.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Mainly English, some Swedish

System of arrangement:

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).

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids:

Detailed list available on the online catalogue.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

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

Allied Materials

Related material:

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

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
May 2001

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