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The manuscripts, printed editions, sound recordings of Bliss's music, letters, programmes, photographs, papers and a small selection of books and music from Bliss's library were bequeathed to the Cambridge University Library by Lady Bliss who died in 2008. Much of the material was placed on deposit between 1980 and 1992. The remainder was transferred to the Library in 2009, when the archive became the property of the Library.  

The Music Department has a a hand list of the deposit. 

All the published music and compact discs are catalogued on the library online catalogue. A hand list of the programmes is available on this website and catalogues or handlists of the other parts of the archive (manuscripts, photographs, letters, writings, etc.) continue to be added.

Enquiries about the Arthur Bliss Archive may be made by email to

In addition, information on Arthur Bliss is available via the Bliss Trust and the Arthur Bliss Society. We also recommend consulting Arthur Bliss: a sourcebook / compiled by Steward R. Craggs.