This archive primarily comprises the personal papers and music manuscripts of Imogen Holst (1907-1984), composer, writer on music, conductor, administrator and daughter of Gustav Holst. It also includes important music manuscripts and papers of her father as well as files of the Holst Foundation and of G and I Holst Estate.
Imogen Holst's papers, amassed throughout her life, document her wide ranging achievements, from her own compositions to her work on her father's music, from conducting the Purcell Singers to delivering lectures at the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts. They include music manuscripts for her own compositions, as well as for arrangements, realizations and editions; transcription work; published music of Imogen Holst; scores and parts of Gustav Holst's music marked by Imogen Holst for performance; music manuscripts of other composers; correspondence; engagement diaries; journals, travel diaries and reports; scrapbooks; concert programmes and press cuttings; photographs; personal items such as poems, sketchbooks, passports, address book, and awards; articles and programme notes; notes and scripts for talks and lectures; transcripts of broadcasts; office files relating to Imogen Holst's work promoting, editing and recording her father's music as well as other subjects; books written by Imogen Holst and files relating to these; books belonging to her and recordings.
Gustav Holst's papers, collected by Imogen Holst, document his life as composer, musician and educator, as well as family man and friend. This includes original music manuscripts; extensive series of published music, often annotated or with notes by Imogen Holst; libretti materials for his operas and other works; additional music manuscripts collected by Gustav Holst, including those of other composers; correspondence spanning the majority of his life, with references to compositions, concerts and connections; his engagement diaries and pocket notebooks giving brief details of the many strands of his working and educational career, as well as his several trips abroad; handwritten and typescript lecture notes on a variety of topics; publishers' agreements and contracts, administrative papers, and lists of his compositions.
The Holst Foundation, G and I Holst Estate, Rosamund Strode, Isador Caplan and Leslie Periton papers include office and business files, research files, and an oral history archive.