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Additional material from the archive of T.W. Bourne


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Archival material of T.W. Bourne, including sketches, drafts and copies of music by himself and others, chiefly G.F. Handel. The material is in T.W. Bourne's hand unless otherwise stated. The archive also includes some printed material.


  • Creation: 1862-1948


1.0 Linear metre (6 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. b.501].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. 11474 and MSS. Mus. b.501-505

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11474


Manuscripts of music by T.W. Bourne and others (chiefly Handel) in Bourne's hand, and related material.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas William Bourne (1862-1948) was a musical scholar with main interest in G.F. Handel. First biographical details were published in an article by Sir Thomas Armstrong 'T.W. Bourne (1862-1948) - a forgotten pioneer' in The Handel Institute Newsletter, vol. 3 no. 1 (Spring 1992). Further biographical information can be found in the introduction to the catalogue of the music bequeathed by T.W. Bourne to the Bodleian Library and published on the Bodleian Archives & Manuscripts website.

Custodial History

In 1948 the Bodleian Library received a substantial collection of manuscript and printed music bequeathed by T.W. Bourne. This collection is catalogued elsewhere on the Bodleian Archives & Manuscripts website. In 1992 further material was gifted by Sir Thomas Armstrong to the Handel Institute having been originally preserved at the Open University Library. In 2016 the Handel Institue donated this material to the Bodleian to complement the original bequest.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Handel Institute, 24 March 2015.

Related Materials

T.W. Bourne's original bequest of music is catalogued separately on the Bodleian catalogue SOLO (published material) and on the Bodleian Archives & Manuscripts website (manuscript material).

Catalogue of the additional material from the T.W. Bourne archive
Finding aid prepared by Margaret Czepiel
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom