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> Farmer Collection
Papers and books of Henry George Farmer (1882-1965), musician and orientalist, donated at various times between c.1930 and 1965. The manuscript collection includes diaries, drafts of books and articles, and correspondence with contemporary composers and music critics such as Learmont Drysdale, Hamish MacCunn, and Ernest Newman. Farmerís considerable personal library was donated to the University along with his papers. The subjects covered include military and oriental (especially Arabic) music and musical instruments, Scottish music, concerts and variety theatre in Glasgow, socialism and trade unions, and the Paris Commune. The Library also holds a number of scores donated by Farmer. The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received. The collection will primarily be of interest to researchers.
- Concert programmes
- Private papers/diaries/letters
- Printed music
Military and oriental (especially Arabic) music and musical instruments; Scottish music; Concerts and variety theatre in Glasgow; papers of Henry George Farmer
Date range of collection
1882 - 1965
Associated People or Organisations
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Glasgow University Library
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Membership fee for external readers; photocopying
Glasgow University Library has been in existence for over 500 years and as such holds a number of important special music collections. The majority of the collections relate to Scottish composers and musicians or musicians associated with Scotland, e.g. Sir John Blackwood McEwen and Hamish MacCunn. The collections include important historical material, in particular the material held in the Euing Collection, which includes manuscripts of two medieval liturgical works, an early 17th century lute book, a set of part-books belonging to the publisher John Playford, and biographical documents and letters sent to John Sainsbury for use in his Dictionary of musicians which appeared in 1824.
The general music collection includes books, scores and AV material.
Additional Collection Information
Additions of single items and whole collections continue to be made to supplement existing strengths as space and resources permit.
Glasgow University Library
Donated to Glasgow University Library at various points between c.1930 and 1965 by Henry George Farmer.
- Sheila Craik and David Weston, 'Tunic, tinsel, toga: an exhibition to mark the centenary of Henry George Farmer, 1882-1965'. Glasgow, 1982; Cowl, Carl & Craik, Sheila, Henry George Farmer: a bibliography (Glasgow, 1999)
(Available in the Special Collect
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