Fonds GB 0210 MSLBARB - Lucie Barbier papers,

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Lucie Barbier papers,


  • 1886-1921, 1972. (Creation)

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Extent and medium

7 volumes.

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Name of creator

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.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Dr Martha Stonequist, granddaughter of Madame Barbier; Saratoga Springs, New York; Purchase; 1989

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Scope and content

Papers, 1886-1921, 1972, of or relating to Madame Lucie Barbier, comprising correspondence, 1900-1921, 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.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

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

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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.

Language of material

  • English
  • French
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, French, Welsh.

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Finding aids

The papers are described more fully in the NLW typescript list Lucie Barbier Papers (1993).

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Publication note

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

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

October 2005 and July 2009.


  • English



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);

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