Papers of Eric James Reid

Scope and Content

Personal papers and musical compositions of Eric James Reid (d 1970), composer and teacher, 1950s - 1960s.

Administrative / Biographical History

Eric James Reid (c 1936 -1970) graduated from the University of Aberdeen MA 1957 and PhD 1961. He was the first PhD student in the Music Department of the University of Aberdeen, during which time he worked closely with Reginald Barrett-Ayres (1920 - 1981), late Reader and Head of Department of Music there. At the time of his death, in a car accident in 1970, he was lecturer in music at Dundee College of Education. By this time he had already written at least 2 ballad operas using the music of the North East, and produced a substantial volume of church music, some of which remained in print c 1981. A short obituary is given in Aberdeen University Review, 44 (1970 - 1971), 112.


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Access Information

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in Dec 1981, by Eric Reid's parents, through the offices of Mr. James Kelman, Aberdeen

Other Finding Aids

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

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Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

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Custodial History

Eric Reid's papers passed to his parents after his death, in whose hands they remained until deposit in the University in 1981.


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Related Material

Compositions, personal and research papers of Reginald Barrett-Ayres (1920 - 1981), Reader and Head of Department of Music, University of Aberdeen (GB 231 MS 3103)


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