Union of Graduates in Music

Scope and Content

Records of the Union of Graduates in Music, 1893-1972, including: minute books; copies of the annual report; correspondence relating to Edward Elgar's presidency of the Union, the honorary membership of Princess Elizabeth and various institutions; miscellaneous papers, including a printed copy of the Constitution of the Union and a printed history of the Union written in 1972.

Administrative / Biographical History

Founded in 1892, the Union of Graduates in Music aimed to oppose the granting of spurious music degrees by 'Universities' which were not bona-fide. Its presidents included Sir Frederick Bridge (1844-1924), Sir Charles Parry (1848-1918), Sir Charles Stanford (1852-1924), Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) and Sir Donald Tovey (1875-1940). The Union was dissolved in 1972.


As given in the Scope and Content.

Access Information

Access to individual items in Senate House Library archives collections may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. See Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is necessary for research visits.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Trinity College of Music, on the liquidation of the Union of Graduates in Music, in 1975.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy catalogue is available in the reading room.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.