Vaughan Williams Manuscripts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 2027 Add MS 50361-50482
  • Alternative Id.
      (ark) ark:/81055/vdc_100000000052.0x00000f
  • Dates of Creation
      c 1896-1958
  • Language of Material
      English German
  • Physical Description
      122 volumes

Scope and Content

Music composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, O.M. (18720-1958). Mostly autograph.


Classified as follows:

  • A. Symphonies: Add MS 50361-50384.
  • B. Concertos, etc.: Add MS 50385-50392.
  • C. Smaller instrumental works: Add MS 50393-50405.
  • D. Operas, ballets and masques: Add MS 50406-50421.
  • E. Film and incidental music: Add MS 50422-50433.
  • F. Other vocal works, etc.: Add MS 50434-50482.

Access Information


Not Public Record(s)

Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs Joan Ursula Vaughan Williams, widow of the composer, in 1960 with the co-operation of Messrs. Boosey and Hawkes, Ltd.; J. Curwen and Sons, Ltd.; Novello and Co.; Ltd., Stainer and Bell, Ltd.; Oxford University Press and the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Folio, unless otherwise noted.

Related Material

For further Vaughan Williams manuscripts see also Add MS 57265-57295 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS MANUSCRIPTS (SECOND COLLECTION). Music manuscripts of Ralph Vaughan Williams, O.M. (b.1872, d.1958), mostly early or unpublished works; 1882-[1958], n.d. Autograph and in ink unless otherwise stated. Dates of composition, if not reco 1882-[1958]



  • B.M.Q., xxiv, 1961, pp. 3-11;
  • A. E. F. Dickinson, 'The Vaughan Williams Manuscripts', The Music Review, xxiii, 1962, pp. 177-94;
  • A. E. F. Dickinson, Vaughan Williams, 1963;
  • M. Kennedy, The Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams, new ed., 1980,
  • M. Kennedy, A Catalogue of the Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams, revised ed., 1982