Stanford (Charles Villiers) Collection

Subject strengths: Music

The Stanford Collection comprises the musical manuscripts (published and otherwise) of Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) and was brought together by Dr. Frederick Hudson, at one time a member of staff in the Department of Music.

The collection, representing approximately seventy-five percent of Stanford's output (symphonies, operas, chamber, concerto, piano and organ works, church music and choral works), includes autograph manuscripts and photocopies of autographs, as well as transcripts of Stanford's letters to The Times, essays and articles. For many years organists in Canada and England were of the opinion that there were no brass or percussion parts for St. Patrick's Breastplate but the score proves that there were!


Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Stanford (Charles Villiers) Archive

Archive Ref Code: CVS

Date Range of Material

1873 - 1923

Type of Material

Personal archive of Charles Villiers Stanford

Size of Collection

11 Linear Metres

How To Order Items From This Collection

Please use the finding aid below to search through a list of the individual items we have within this collection.

If you find an item you would like to consult in the Special Collections reading room, simply make a note of the reference number and title of the item(s) you are interested in (for example B: Church Music b) anthems, motets and masses, How beautiful upon the mountains).

You can then place your order by linking to our request form

Finding Aid 

For a full detailed list of items in the collection available via online listing.

An overview of this collection is also available via this online listing.

Scanning and Photocopy Service

If you are unable to visit our reading room, we also have a scanning and photocopying service.