- 1886-1921, 1972. (Creation)
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Name of creator
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.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Dr Martha Stonequist, granddaughter of Madame Barbier; Saratoga Springs, New York; Purchase; 1989
Content and structure area
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.
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Language and script notes
English, French, Welsh.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
The papers are described more fully in the NLW typescript list Lucie Barbier Papers (1993).
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Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
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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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.
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);