Grainger Museum University of Melbourne
The Grainger Museum was established in the 1930s by the prominent Australian-born composer, pianist, folklorist, educator and collector Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961). Grainger was a prolific composer and a virtuoso pianist with an international reputation. He was also an important figure in the preservation and arrangement of English folk song. In the United States, where he lived most of his life, he is highly regarded as a music educator, composer and arranger of band music. He also had an extraordinary facility for languages, a strong talent for design and an innovative approach to museology. The evidence of his creative life - his thoughts, compositions, recordings, archive and eclectic collection of artifacts - forms the core of the Grainger Museum Collection.
The Collection, which was installed by Grainger himself in the purpose-built Grainger Museum between 1935 and 1956, comprises over 100,000 artefacts including an estimated 50,000 items of correspondence. This teaching and research collection of national and international significance encompasses artworks, costumes, decorative arts and furniture, ethnographica, musical instruments, photographs, 'Lust Branch' Collection, Percy Grainger?s archive, archives of other Australian composers, archives of Australian musical culture, Grainger's personal library, sound archive.