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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1249 MS 6923
Held at: Royal College of Music
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Full title: COULTHARD, William M
Date(s): 1896-1959
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file (9 letters)
Name of creator(s): Coulthard | William M | fl 1983 | organist


Administrative/Biographical history:

William M Coulthard, organist, assembled this collection.
Sir Walter Galpin Alcock (1861-1947) was an English cathedral organist and also taught at the RCM.
George Dorrington Cunningham (1878-1948) was City of Birmingham organist, 1924-1948) and conducted the City of Birmingham Choir.
Basil Harwood (1859-1949) was an English organist and composer.
John Nicholson Ireland (1879-1962) was a composer, and organist and choirmaster of St Luke's Chelsea, 1904-1926.
F J Livesey was organist at St Bees Priory, 1887-1934.
Cecil Clutton (b 1909) is an English writer on the history and design of the organ.
Percy William Whitlock (1903-1946) was an English organist and composer.
Henry Willis (1821-1901) was an English organ builder.
George Dixon (1870-1950) was an English organ designer and writer on organs, and collaborated with the firm of Harrison and Harrison.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence mainly relating to organ construction and playing, 1896-1949, comprising 7 letters from Sir Walter Alcock, George Cunningham, Basil Harwood, John Ireland and William Murray,all to George Dixon; letter from Henry Willis to F J Livesey; letter from Percy Whitlock to Cecil Clutton.

Access & Use

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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.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given to the RCM by Mr William M Coulthard, 1983.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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Publication note:

Description Notes

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

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:
Mar 2002

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