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Barbier, Lucie, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSLBARB

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Lucie Barbier Papers

Short Title: Barbier, Lucie, papers

Creation date(s): 1886-1921, 1972

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 7 volumes

Name of creator(s): Lucie Barbier; Martha Stonequist


Administrative/Biographical history: French singer and pianist Lucie Barbier (née Hirsch) was the secretary of 'La Société des Concerts Franҫais' which was set up to promote French music in Britain and which flourished from 1907 to 1916. She founded the University College of Wales Musical Club in Aberystwyth in 1909 and became an enthusiast of Welsh folk-songs, training the Welsh Vocal Quartet which toured France in 1911 and 1913. Barbier corresponded with both French and British composers and musicians, amongst them Debussy and Saint-Saëns, Ethel Smyth and Arthur Somervell. Her husband, André Barbier, was a French lecturer. She died in 1963. Her grand-daughter, the historian Martha Stonequist (b. 1946), undertook a Ph.D. study of Barbier.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers, 1886-1921, 1972, of or relating to Madame Lucie Barbier and comprising correspondence, 1900-1921, to her, largely relating to her work with the Société des Concerts Franҫais and with the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth's Musical Club; concert programmes, press cuttings and other papers, 1886-1921, relating to concerts in France, Wales and England at which Lucie Barbier performed or with which she was associated; and a copy of Martha Stonequist's doctoral thesis, 1972, partly based on the historical context of the Lucie Barbier papers.


Language/scripts of material: English, French, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 22692-22698.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their readers' tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999). The papers are described more fully in the NLW typescript list Lucie Barbier Papers (1993).

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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from Dr Martha Stonequist of Saratoga Springs, New York, granddaughter of Lucie Barbier, in 1989.


Publication note: Martha Stonequist, 'The Musical Entente Cordiale, 1905-16' (NLW MS 22698) (Ph. D. thesis, Colorado, 1972) is partly based on this archive.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive includes material post-dating Barbier's death, collected by Stonequist in the course of her research.

Archivist's note: Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifans. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2003, October 2005 and July 2009.

Barbier, Lucie, | 1875-1963 | Archives
Societe des Concerts Francais (Society) | Archives

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Barbier , Lucie , 1875-1963
Stonequist , Martha

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