Farmer Collection

This is a collection of papers and books of Henry George Farmer (1882-1965), musician and orientalist, donated at various times between c.1930 and 1965.

The manuscript collection includes diaries, drafts of books and articles, and correspondence with contemporary composers and music critics such as Learmont Drysdale, Hamish MacCunn, and Ernest Newman. The subjects covered include military and oriental (especially Arabic) music and musical instruments, Scottish music, concerts and variety theatre in Glasgow, socialism and trade unions, and the Paris Commune.

Farmer’s considerable personal library was donated to the University along with his papers. Consisting largely of modern books - including those which Farmer wrote himself - this collection includes volumes of Oriental works, music, and works on the Royal Artillery, as well as general literature.

About 50 ethnographic instruments assembled by Henry Farmer are in the musical instruments collection of Glasgow's Art Gallery and Museum (Kelvingrove, Department of Archaeology, Ethnography and History).

How to find material from the Farmer Collection

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