Description of Special Collection
Collection Level Description: Stainer Archive
- Collection name: Stainer Archive
- Collection code: GB 033 STA
- Date range: 1762-2010
- Extent: 2 metres
- Language: English, with some correspondence in French
- Created by: Papers of Sir John Stainer and his family, collected by descendants of John Stainer.
- Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
The collection contains manuscript, printed and photographic items as well as objects created and collected by the Stainer and other related families between 1762 and 2010 (predominantly 1850s-1900s). The bulk of the collection relates to John Stainer (1840-1901). Among the papers of John Stainer and his immediate family are numerous autograph manuscript scores and corrected proofs of his works, as well as large collections of correspondence and family photographs.
About the creator:
John Stainer was an organist, composer, musicologist and educationalist active in Great Britain in the second half of the 19th century. His career began as a chorister at St Paul's cathedral. There followed appointments as organist to St Michael's College, Tenbury (1857); Magdalen College, Oxford (1860); and St Paul's cathedral (1872-1888). He was appointed professor of organ and harmony at the National Training School (1876-1883), later succeeding Sir Arthur Sullivan as principal; he sat on the council of the newly founded Royal College of Music; and he worked as an examiner around the country both for schools and training colleges - as H.M. Inspector of Music (from 1883) - and also for universities. Upon his return to Oxford from London in 1888 Stainer was appointed professor of music at Oxford University (1889-1899).
Stainer came from a large musical family, living in Southwark: the collection contains numerous letters between Stainer and his siblings, in particular William Stainer, Ann Stainer and Mary Stainer. In 1865 Stainer married Elizabeth C. (Sissey) Randall, who came from an Oxford family. Together they had seven children: John F. R. Stainer; Elizabeth Cecil (Cecie) Stainer; Ellie Stainer; Edward Stainer; Charles Lewis Stainer; Frederick Henry Stainer (1872-1874); William Edgar Stainer.
The collection is divided into two parts. The first part contains records of John Stainer, and of his immediate family and close relations as they directly relate to John Stainer. The second part of the collection contains records relating to the Stainer and other related families.
The bulk of the collection was formally deposited in Durham University Library's Special Collections by Juliet Dusinberre, Marion Milford, John Newsom, Michael Newsom, Gareth Stainer and John Ranald Stainer, 10 March, 2010 (accessions Misc.2008/9:99 and 124). Subsequent deposits donated by J.E.R. Stainer, 20 October, 30 November and 14 December 2010 (accessions Misc.2010/11:33, 47-48), and Jeremy Dibble, 10 November 2010 (accession Misc.2010/11:41).
Open for consultation.
Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.
Further accruals are expected.
Dibble, Jeremy John Stainer: a life in music, Boydell & Brewer (2007).
Dibble, Jeremy "Stainer, Sir John (1840–1901)" , Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press (2004).
Index termsStainer, John, 1840-1901.
Music manuscripts and papers.
Music -- Manuscripts.
Music -- England -- 19th century.
Date last modified: 14 June 2010