Archives and Sources

Archives and Resources

Bristol Madrigal Society

The historic Bristol Madrigal Society archive is now in the University of Bristol Special Collections, where it may be consulted by bona fide scholars by application to Michael Richardson.Page from 'Draw on Sweet Night'

Annotated handlists of the archive's contents have been prepared by Donald Gugan and can be accessed below.

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The Edgar Hunt Estate Bequest

In January 2008, the University of Bristol received a new and remarkable collection of documents from the estate of Edgar Hunt (1909-2006). The collection comprises printed music, concert programmes, photographs, minute books, annotated scores and other other ephemera.

The collection, previously housed by the Bristol Central Library and kindly donated by his daughter, Rosemary Marciniak of Chorleywood, is made up of personal collections deriving from Edgar Hunt, his sister Enid (1911-2003) and their father, Dr Hubert Hunt (1865-1945). The 1977 publication, Robert Lucas Pearsall: the 'complete gentleman' and his music (1795-1856) is the combined work of Hubert and Edgar Hunt, and is available from CHOMBEC (priced at 7.50 – please follow this link). The collection includes a collection of correspondence relating to Pearsall, photographs and plates used in the Hunt biography, a number of published editions and many autograph manuscripts.

A fuller description of the archive by James Hobson can be seen in CHOMBEC News, Issue 5 (Summer 2008).

The three documents below list the contents of three boxes comprising the Edgar Hunt Estate Bequest:

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The Collection is held within the University's Special Collections and can be found at the Arts and Social Sciences Library in Tyndall Avenue. The collections are available to bona fide researchers: contacts at the Collection are Michael Richardson and Hannah Lowery. Full information on the Collection, its opening times and access can be found HERE, and information on the Arts and Social Sciences Library can be viewed HERE.

The Tippett Collection

The University of Bristol Special Collections are also home to an archive of material relating to the music of Sir Michael Tippett (1905-98), kindly donated by Andrew Duckworth of Corsham. The modest archive comprises performance announcements and concert programmes, articles from music journals and press interviews with Tippett. Giles Cooke's article in CHOMBEC News, Issue 5 (Summer 2008) expands on this description, noting the archive's usefulness for examining the reception history of Tippett's music throughout his life.

The archive is listed in the document below:

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The Collection is held within the University's Special Collections and can be found at the Arts and Social Sciences Library in Tyndall Avenue. The collections are available to bona fide researchers: contacts at the Collection are Michael Richardson and Hannah Lowery. Full information on the Collection, its opening times and access can be found HERE, and information on the Arts and Social Sciences Library can be viewed HERE.

The Stanley Godman Archive

In 2006 the University of Bristol received an archive of papers relating to the freelance musicologist and translator Stanley Godman (1916-66). The papers, kindly donated by his sister, Mrs Mary Stone of Bristol, includes facsimile editions of J S Bach, a file of musicological work on Samuel Wesley, and copies of books translated by Godman from the German (including Friedrich Blume's Two Centuries of Bach). It also includes signed letters from Vaughan Williams and material relating to the recorder revival.

The archive has now been catalogued in the handlisting below:

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This archive is split between the University's Special Collections and the Arts and Social Sciences Library in Tyndall Avenue. The collections are available to bona fide researchers: contacts at the Collection are Michael Richardson and Hannah Lowery. Full information on the Collection, its opening times and access can be found HERE, and information on the Arts and Social Sciences Library can be viewed HERE.

The John Theodore Livingston Raynor Collection

The John Theodore Livingstone Raynor (1909-70) Collection was donated by the Royal School of Church Music in June 2006 (its supplement added by Malcolm Riley in 2007) and was CHOMBEC's first archive donation. The collection consists of original manuscripts by the composer (the handlist, below, runs to 30 pages), plus short stories, poems, CDs and cassette tapes of Raynor's work.

The archive is catalogued in the handlistings below:

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The Collection is held within the University's Special Collections and can be found at the Arts and Social Sciences Library in Tyndall Avenue. The collections are available to bona fide researchers: contacts at the Collection are Michael Richardson and Hannah Lowery. Full information on the Collection, its opening times and access can be found HERE, and information on the Arts and Social Sciences Library can be viewed HERE.

The Frank Merrick and Hope Squire Collections

These two inter-related collections consist of the remaining collection of music by Bristol-born pianist Frank Merrick (1886–1981) and ephemera relating to Merrick and collected by his wife, Evelyn Hope Squire (1878-1935), particularly newspaper cuttings and programmes of her husband's music.

The archives have been catalogued in the handlistings below:

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The Collection is held within the University's Special Collections and can be found at the Arts and Social Sciences Library in Tyndall Avenue. The collections are available to bona fide researchers: contacts at the Collection are Michael Richardson and Hannah Lowery. Full information on the Collection, its opening times and access can be found HERE, and information on the Arts and Social Sciences Library can be viewed HERE.

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