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Deryck Cooke Archive

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10186

Scope and Contents

The majority of the archive comprises writings by Cooke in the form of draft and published articles, radio scripts, concert programme notes, record sleeve notes and lecture scripts. There are also manuscript notes and secondary sources on Cooke's research interests of Gustav Mahler and Richard Wagner, correspondence, photographs and a collection of printed and handwritten music.


  • Creation: 1808-1983


Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


37 archive box(es) (37 boxes)

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The archive has been divided into eleven series: 1. Articles 2. Radio Scripts 3. Concert Programme & Record Sleeve Notes 4. Lecture Scripts 5. Correspondence 6. Mahler Research 7. Wagner Research 8. Photographs 9. Personal Memorabilia 10. Writings by Others 11. Printed & Handwritten Music 12. Donations by Third Parties

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The archive was presented to Cambridge University Library by Cooke's partner Hazel Hyde in 2010.

Related Materials

Further papers relating to Deryck Cooke are held in MS Add.10045.


A note of thanks and appreciation to Mark Doran who carried out the sorting and preliminary cataloguing of the Deryck Cooke Archive and undertook background research to aid dating of many items. His notes have been extensively used in the creation of this catalogue.

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Repository Details

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