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Papers of Margaret Crum


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Papers of Margaret Crum including photocopies of catalogues, letters and papers pertaining to various composers (especially Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy), with some miscellaneous papers relating to Crum's publications and work.


  • Creation: 1801-1856, [1953?]-1984, n.d.


0.71 Linear metres (5 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • German

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 15586/1].

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MSS. 15586/1-5

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15586


Papers of Margaret Crum, 1801-1856, [1953?]-1984, 2004 n.d.

Biographical / Historical

Margaret Crum was born in 1921 and read for a BLitt at Somerville College, Oxford, during which time she also taught and began work on the indexing of English poetry in the manuscript collections of the Bodleian Library. From 1953 to 1981 she was on the staff of the Library as the Department of Western Manuscripts’ specialist in areas relating to literature and music. Besides cataloguing large numbers of manuscripts in both fields and other scholarly activities, she also published an edition of The poems of Henry King (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965), for which she won the British Academy's Rose Mary Crawshay Prize in 1966; a monumental First-line index of English poetry, 1500-1800 in manuscripts of the Bodleian Library, Oxford (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1969); and the first two volumes of the Catalogue of the Mendelssohn papers in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (Tutzing: Hans Schneider, 1980, 1983). She died on 18 July 1986.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation, 1 January 2000.


  • ‘Margaret Crum (1921-1986)’ [obituary], Bodleian Library Record, vol. 12.4 (Apr 1987), pp. 252-253.
Catalogue of the papers of Margaret Crum
Finding aid prepared by Jen Patterson
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom