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Personal and working papers of Alan Tyson


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Alan Tyson's archive comprises mainly his working papers on music. Here are his own publications (including editions of music) and public appearances (broadcasts, lectures and conference papers), at their various stages from drafts to proofs, offprints and translations. These are accompanied by copious notes and annotated reproductions of music manuscripts and editions, some of which have been separated and form a collection of their own. There is a significant volume of correspondence, with further letters to be found among notes. Finally there is material generated by others. It falls into several categories: photocopies of relevant literature, material sent to Tyson for comments and offprints inscribed to him. There are also photographs, microfilms, slides and transparencies mainly of music manuscripts.


  • Creation: 1776-2015, n.d.


32 Linear metres (215 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Tyson 1].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Tyson 1-3 and 6-194; MSS. Tyson 4 (Photogr.) and 195-204 (Photogr.); MS. Tyson 5 (Objects); MSS. Tyson 205-213 (Films); MS. Tyson 214 (Slides) and MS. Tyson 215 (Transparencies)

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15675


The archive comprises personal and working papers of Alan Tyson, 1776-2015, n.d.

Biographical / Historical

Alan Walker Tyson, CBE, FBA (1926-2000) was a musicologist and psychologist. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Alan Tyson also amassed a significant collection of manusripts and first and early editions of music. In 1998 it was most generously donated as a gift to be shared between the British Library and the Bodleian. The Bodleian's share came to about 2,200 musical editions and 200 books, which have been catalogued and are available through SOLO. His personal and working papers are catalogued here.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Donald Tyson, 1 June 2001.

Separated Materials

Published music and books from the archive of Alan Tyson are catalogued separately and available to order via SOLO.

Concert programmes in the archive of Alan Tyson covering the years 1824-1995 (with gaps) now form part of the Bodleian Collection of Concert Programmes.

Catalogue of the personal and working papers of Alan Tyson, 1776-2015, n.d.
Margaret Czepiel
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom