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MATTHEWS, Betty (1919-1997)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1249 7065-7245
Held at: Royal College of Music
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Full title: MATTHEWS, Betty (1919-1997)
Date(s): 1907-1997
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: c24 boxes
Name of creator(s): Matthews | Betty | 1919-1997 | musicologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

No further information available at present.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Betty Matthews, 1907-1997 (predominantly 1960-1997), including correspondence, research notes, printed articles, booklets and pamphlets mainly relating to organs and organists, particularly English church organs, and including papers relating to Matthews' research topics, including 18th century concert life in South West England; the organs of Exeter Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Eaton Hall (Cheshire), Lulworth Castle, Bath Assembly Rooms, Barnstaple Parish Church, and St James Church, Poole; organ building families, including the Lefflers, the Corfes, the Loosemores, the Gosses, the Harrises and the Dallams; organs built by John Avery, Bernard 'Father' Smith, and Thomas Swarbrick; John Skelton Bumpus and his library; Thomas Norris (1742-1790), organist; Kirckman harpsichords; the research, publication and distribution of Matthews' articles, including 'Mendelssohn and the organ of Crosby Hall' (Musical Times, 1973); 'Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1810-1876: a centenary memoir' (Kenneth Mummery, 1976); 'Winslade of Winchester' (Musical Times, 1978); 'William Parke and the Royal Society of Musicians' (Musical Times, 1988); 'The Lincoln family' (The Organ, 1989); 'James Hook and his family' (Musical Times, 1990).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The collection is largely unsorted, but mostly contains subject files corresponding to topics mentioned in the scope and content.

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 has been partially catalogued onto the RCM Library OPAC.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated to the Royal College of Music by the family in 1998.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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:
May 2001

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