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Stanley Sadie Archive

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10095

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection is concerned with Sadie’s output as a music critic, writer and broadcaster and includes press cuttings of performance, book and record reviews; printed programme notes; draft and printed disc notes; articles; lecture notes and broadcast scripts. Correspondence and related papers concerning his editorship of ‘The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians’ are included alongside agreements, correspondence and accounts relating to Sadie’s various appointments as a reviewer and author. There are papers concerning various honorary appointments held by Sadie, his work as an expert witness, and correspondence with colleagues and ‘fellow Mozarteans’. Music manuscripts and correspondence relating to Sadie’s research into Mozart aria fragments and the compiling of editions of music are also included. Finally, there are recordings (in various media) featuring the musicianship, research interests and voice of Stanley Sadie.


  • Creation: 1950-2013


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for researchers using Cambridge University Library. Some items of correspondence containing personal or sensitive information have been closed.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders.


76 archive box(es) (76 boxes)

Language of Materials



The papers have been arranged into 24 series: 1. Education: University of Cambridge 2. Writings: Performance, Record & Book Reviews 3. Writings: Opera Programme Essays 4. Writings: Programme Notes 5. Writings: Disc Notes 6. Writings: Articles 7. Lectures 8. Broadcasts 9. The New Grove Dictionary of Music 10. Honorary Appointments 11. Expert Witness Work 12. Reviewer Appointments: Contracts, Correspondence & Accounts 13. Publishers: Agreements, Correspondence & Accounts 14. Correspondence 15. Research Interests & Notes 16. Editions of Music 17. Mozart Aria Fragments 18. Music Manuscripts for Research 19. Recordings 20. Photographs 21. Financial Records 22. Book Reviews 23. In Memorium 24. Miscellaneous

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Julie Anne Sadie in 2013.


Overall the collection is in good condition. However, some items of correspondence have been printed on thermal fax paper and the text is now so faint as to be barely readable despite a facsimile copy being made onto paper.

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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