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BELL, Doyne Courtenay (1830-1888)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1249 MS 6914
Held at: Royal College of Music
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Full title: BELL, Doyne Courtenay (1830-1888)
Date(s): 1858-1882
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file (44 letters)
Name of creator(s): Bell | Doyne Courtenay | 1830-1888 | Permanent Secretary to Privy Purse | antiquary


Administrative/Biographical history:

No further information at present.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letters (44), 1858-1882, mostly to Doyne Courtenay Bell, mainly in regard to music, concerts and social gatherings, including letters from Hamilton Aidé, Lucy Anderson, Sir Julius Benedict, William H Cummings, Pauline Lucca, Cipriani Potter, Anton Rubinstein, Adelaide Sartoris (formerly Adelaide Kemble), Sir George Thomas Smart and Auguste Vianesi.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, some French and German.

System of arrangement:

Letters are in mainly chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

Usual conditions of the Library of the Royal College of Music apply. See the RCM website or contact the RCM Library for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is permitted at the discretion of the Archivist for research purposes only.

Finding aids:

The collection is catalogued in the 'Provisional catalogue of letters in the RCM library' by J Kersey, 1997, vol 1; an entry is given in the supplement to volume 3 of the Manuscripts catalogue in the library of the Royal College of Music.

Archival Information

Archival history:

On Bell's death in 1888, his effects were taken to the house of his two unmarried sisters in Kensington, London, until the death of the last surviving sister in 1929, aged 97. His papers then went to the house in Kent of the unmarried daughters of his sister Mrs Alice Tweedie. The last of the unmarried daughters died in 1966 at the age of 100, whereupon the remaining papers came into the possession of E A K Ridley, Bell's great nephew.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the RCM by E A K Ridley, Bell's great nephew, Sep 1980.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Society of Antiquaries of London hold papers of Bell relating to royal interments (Ref: MS 791); British Library Manuscript Collections hold Bell's letters to Sir Austen Layard, 1866-1874 (Ref: Add MSS 38992-39005).

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Nov 2001

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