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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 821

Sheet music featuring British composers


Sheet music composed and signed by British composers or composers that were trained in Great Britian.


  • Creation: 1775-1986
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1830-1930

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English , French, German, and other languages.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


1.25 linear feet (4 boxes)

This collection includes printed sheet music predominently composed by British composers. In some cases the composers were from other parts of Europe but were trained in Great Britian. Some of the sheet music has been Inscribed by the composer.

Notable persons associated with this collection are: John Barnett, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Edward German, George Grossmith, George Frederic Handel, Theophilis Marzials, Tobias Matthay, Ciro Pinsuti, Landon Ronald, Charles Villiers Stanford, and William Vincent Wallace.


Collection is arranged alphabetically by composer.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2010MT-11. Gift of Thomas Garrett; received: 2010 October 9.

Forms part of the Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Theater, Dance and Music (Harvard Theatre Collection).

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Krista Ferrante

Sheet music featuring British composers, circa 1775-1986: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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