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Archive of H.M. Bannister


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Papers of H.M. Bannister, relating to plainsong and liturgy in the medieval church, based on notes and transcripts from early Latin liturgical manuscripts. The collection is arranged as follows:

  1. Collections for Sequentiarum melodiae
  2. Notes and indexes relating to liturgical manuscripts
  3. Lists of manuscripts in libraries in Great Britain, with detailed notes
  4. Printed works on sequences, with Bannister's annotations
  5. Saints and calendars
  6. Sacramentaries
  7. Papers relating to Bannister's larger publications
  8. Miscellaneous


  • Creation: [c. 1873-1917]


5.79 Linear metres (75 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. liturg. c. 5, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. liturg. c. 5-15, d. 4-7, e. 2-26, f. 1-2; Lat. liturg. c. 11-33, d. 15, d. 26-34

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12754


Archive of H.M. Bannister

Biographical / Historical

Henry Marriot Bannister (1854-1919) was a musicologist. He collected, but did not live to publish, materials on sequence melodies. His projected title was Sequentiarum melodiae. 'A fractional part' was published by Dom Anselm Hughes, Anglo-French sequelae edited from the papers of ... Bannister (Plainsong and Mediaeval Music Society, 1934).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Library, 1900-1934.

Catalogue of the archive of H.M. Bannister
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom