• Title
    Sir Louis Saul Sterling papers
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  • Creator
    Sterling, Sir Louis Saul (1879–1958) gramophone company manager and industrialistMore Info on Creator
  • Scope and Content
    Papers of Sir Louis Saul Sterling (1879-1958), including: lists and catalogues of books, manuscripts and other material held in the Sterling Library, perhaps compiled by Sir Louis Sterling or by members of the University of London Library prior to the transfer of the Library to Senate House, c1950; ephemera and photographs relating to the opening of the Sterling Library at Senate House Library, University of London by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, 1956; material concerning the life and work of Sir Louis Sterling, including an early scrapbook concerning Sterling's works in the gramophone industry, bound and boxed scrapbooks of letters and ephemera celebrating Sterling's 50th birthday and the award of his knighthood, certificates and other ephemera, 1903-1981; material relating to the functions and running of the Sterling Club which aimed to organise theatrical performances and other social events in order to raise money for charity; and to 'further the interests of Anglo-American friendship', 1938; photographs concerning the life and work of Sir Louis Sterling, including photographs of Sterling and Lady Sterling, personal holidays and meetings with friends and family, social engagements and from the official opening of the Sterling Library at Senate House Library, University of London, 1904-1956; Letters, mostly to Sir Louis Sterling, concerning Sterling's library and its contents, the purchase of books or manuscripts for the library, arrangements to visit the library and personal matters, including letters from H E Bates, Hector Bolthio, Sir Compton MacKenzie, Louis Golding, Emil Ludwig, various booksellers and others, 1923-1974.
  • Conditions of access
    Open for research. Access to individual items in individual files may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. See Archivist for details. At least 24 hours notice is necessary for research visits.
  • Extent
    11 Boxes and 4 Volumes
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  • System of Arrangement
    Material is arranged into the following series: LS/1 Sterling Library Catalogues and Lists LS/2 Administration of Book Purchases LS/3 Opening of the Sterling Library LS/4 Sir Louis Sterling: Biographical Material LS/5 The Sterling Club LS/6 Photographs LS/7 Correspondence concerning the Sterling Library
  • Finding aids
    Catalogued online (click on the "contains" icon below). A pdf copy of the hard-copy catalogue is also attached to this description.
  • Related files
  • Related
    Senate House Library also holds the Sterling Library Manuscripts (refs: SLV and SLIV) collected by Louis Sterling during his lifetime, which form part of the Sterling Library collection. The EMI Music Archives also hold papers concerning Sir Louis Sterling (c1931-1958).
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