Roy Newsome Brass Band Archive

Scope and Content

The archive comprises material dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the first decade of the twenty-first century. Particularly strong are the collections of brass band music scores and parts, and serial publications. A comprehensive series of band histories is complemented by a series of band contest programmes and results sheets. There are also personal papers, photographs, audio recordings, theses and dissertations.

Administrative / Biographical History

Historical material relating to brass bands and banding started to be donated to the Music Section within Salford College of Technology in the mid-1980s. Roy Newsome had been appointed as Head of Band Studies in 1976, and he began to establish a brass band archive. Materials came from a variety of sources and the archive grew quite rapidly. Newsome further developed the archive after taking early retirement in 1989, being appointed a Visiting Research Fellow at the successor institution, the University of Salford’s School of Media, Music and Performance. He continued to manage the archive until his death in October 2011.

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Archivist's Note

Description created by Ian Johnston, Ocober 2014.