Papers of H.M. Bannister

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. liturg. c. 5-15, d. 4-7, e. 2-26, f. 1-2; Lat. liturg. c. 11-33, d. 15, d. 26-34
  • Dates of Creation
      [ca. 1873-1917]
  • Language of Material
      English, and Latin.
  • Physical Description
      75 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of H.M. Bannister, relating to plainsong and liturgy in the medieval church, based on notes and transcripts from early Latin liturgical manuscripts. The collection is arranged as follows:  

  • Collections for Sequentiarum melodiae
  • Notes and indexes relating to liturgical manuscripts
  • Lists of manuscripts in libraries in Great Britain, with detailed notes
  • Printed works on sequences, with Bannister's annotations
  • Saints and calendars
  • Sacramentaries
  • Papers relating to Bannister's larger publications
  • Miscellaneous

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Marriot Bannister (1854-1919) was a musicologist. He collected, but did not live to publish, materials on sequence melodies. His projected title was Sequentiarum melodiae. 'A fractional part' was published by Dom Anselm Hughes, Anglo-French sequelae edited from the papers of ... Bannister (Plainsong and Mediaeval Music Society, 1934).

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library, 1900-1934.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 41851-925.