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Sir Robert Mayer Collection
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- Mayer, Robert, Sir
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1.2 m of textual records and graphic material.
23 audio reels and cassettes.
7 sound discs.
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Name of creator
Robert Mayer, businessman and philanthropist, was born on 5 June 1879 in Mannheim, Germany. He was educated at the Mannheim Gymnasium and Conservatoire. He moved to Britain in 1896 and was naturalized in 1902. In 1919 he married Dorothy Moulton, a soprano, who encouraged Mayer to lend his support to music. The Robert Mayer Concerts for Children began in March 1923. In 1932 Mayer was a co-founder of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In later years his philanthropic interests expanded to include the improvement of relations between countries. In 1979 he published his autobiography, My First Hundred Years (1979). He died on 9 January 1985 in London.
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The bulk of this collection was gathered together by Peter Bander Van Duren who planned to write a biography of Mayer.
Immediate source of acquisition
The first accrual was purchased from Peter Bander van Duren in August 1976. The second accrual was purchased from Peter Bander van Duren in May 1980. The third accrual was donated by Colin Smythe during the 1980s.
There have been three accruals. The first accrual is roughly arranged into the following series: correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, transcripts, printed materials, audio reels and cassettes, sound discs. The second accrual consists of mainly of printed materials but does have some manuscripts, correspondence, and photographs. The third accrual consists of printed materials and one signed statement
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Further accruals are not expected.
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