Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Archive Fonds
1976-2016The archive of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival from its founding in 1978 mainly up to 2005. The series of festival programme books, (HCMF/EV), is up to date.
The archive is a major resource for international contemporary music composition and performance.
The festival is currently (2017) branded as hcmf//. It is referred to in this catalogue as the festival.
The main series of records are:
governance - minutes of the Board of mangement, Annual General Meeting papers and Annual reports and accounts (HCMF/CP/1)
administration - business plans, reporting and correspondence (HCMF/CP/1/2)
presenting the festival - materials to support selecting and managing the programme including contract files for performers, schedule planning paperwork and details of venues (HCMF/CP/2)
Festival programmes - a complete set giving a full picture of performances at each festival (HCMF/EV)
financial records - budget analysis across years, complete accounting records for 2003-2004, fundraising activities including grants, advertising and sponsorship (HCMF/FN)
publicity - press releases, reviews and awards received (HCMF/MD)
marketing - marketing reviews, audience research, ticket sales analysis, posters, branding, a banner and audio-visual promotional material (HCMF/MK)
audio-visual recordings - submitted by artists as part of performance proposals, in CD, cassette, DVD, video and vinyl formats. (HCMF/RE)
scores - submitted by artists as part of performance proposals. In hard-copy format (HCMF/SC)
educational activity - details of work done with children and young people during festivals and records of the Young Composers' award for emerging artists. (HCMF/TL)
The archive presents only a partial record of the festival up to 2005. The only series which survive complete (or nearly complete) are the festival programmes (HCMF/EV) and the press reviews (HCMF/MD/2). All other series are incomplete including board minutes, annual reports and accounts and planning and reporting. Full details of dates covered are in the catalogue.
The covering dates of the archive are given as 1976-2016. The archive does contain a small number of items, including scores, which date back to 1964. The covering dates are intended to describe the main bulk of the archival record of the festival. The Young Composers' award (HCMF/TL/2) was founded in 1976 and formed one of the main parts of the festival which was inaugurated in 1978.
There are large series of audio-visual recordings (HCMF/RE), scores (HCMF/SC) and composer and performer details (HCMF/CP/2/6 and HCMF/CP/2/7). These were maintained by the festival as a research resource to support selecting the festival programme. It is clear that these series do not represent the entire life of the festival, but it is not clear what proportion of the festival programming they cover.
Similarly there is a large series of contract files relating to composers and performers at the festival (HCMF/CP/2/1). It is not clear how complete this series is.
The records of the Young Composers' award (HCMF/TL/2) have a complete record of winners from the first competition in 1976 to 2000 (with a gap for 1980). Other records about the award are incomplete.
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This archive has been catalogued using 'more product, less process' methodology, which means that descriptions do not attempt to describe each item in the archive in detail. Descriptions give detail to enable the researcher to identify a bundle or box containing items of interest. Volunteer support has enabled full name-indexing of the series of contract files (HCMF/CP/2/1), composer biographical details (HCMF/CP/2/7), audio-visual recordings (HCMF/RE) and scores (HCMF/SC). A text search within the catalogue (for example for 'Boulez') will return all references to a composer or performer in those series.
The festival programmes (HCMF/EV) have not been indexed.
To find out what was performed at each festival use the series of festival programme books (HCMF/EV) which are organised by year and give the full programme. The unit of production is the annual bundle. There is also a list of works performed at festivals 1978-2005. (HCMF/CP/2/6)
The archive is a major resource for international contemporary music composition and performance. Festival administrators maintained research materials sent in by artists with proposals for performances. These comprise scores, audio-visual recordings and biographical details and lists of a composers' works and performers' repertoires. (HCMF/CP/2/6, HCMF/CP/2/7, HCMF/RE, HCMF/SC). These series have been fully name-indexed and a text search will return references to a composer or performer.
The series of contract files relating to composers and performers (HCMF/CP/2/1) has also been name-indexed. This series contains personal details about living individuals and access may be restricted under data protection legislation.
The founding artistic director, Richard Steinitz, produced analyses of several festival aspects and these are contained in the archive. They comprise:
Budget analysis, comparison and forecast 1985-2002 (HCMF/FN/1/1)
ticket sales analysis 1982-2001 (HCMF/MK/2/1)
performances given at the festivals 1978-2007; for example premieres, and organised by composer, some performers and by type eg choirs and vocal groups. (HCMF/CP/2/6)
a full list of works performed at festivals 1978-2005. (HCMF/CP/2/6)
Papers relating to the origins of the festival can be found at: HCMF/CP/1/1 and HCMF/FN/3/2/2
Visual materials include:
the series of festival programmes which record the festival branding throughout its history (HCMF/EV)
drawings and images of festival venue layouts (HCMF/CP/2/3)
festival volunteers' uniform clothing (HCMF/CP/2/5)
composers' biographical details (HCMF/CP/2/7)
awards presented to the festival (HCMF/MD/4)
festival and concert posters (HCMF/MK/3/1) - a large series of posters at different sizes. 6 of these have been digitised and an electronic version is attached to the catalogue record
festival branding (HCMF/MK/3/2)
festival banner (HCMF/MK/3/3)
video recordings (HCMF/RE/4 and HCMF/MK/4)
Huddersfield and District Archaeological Society Archive Fonds
1722-2016Records of the running of the Society and of its activities (chiefly excavation, but also dissemination).
Includes extensive material relating to the Society's work at the Roman site at Slack.
The Society's extensive collection of artefacts, including much Roman pottery and glass that has been studied by professional archaeologists and featured in various reports, is NOT included in this archive, but is currently dispersed among Society members. Please contact the Society for further information.
Huddersfield Female Educational Institute Fonds
1846-1883This archive tells the story of the history of the female educational institute, one of the oldest in the country. It includes minutes (1856-1872), rules (n.d.), annual reports (1858-1882), attendance records (1848-1883), teachers' records (1882-1883), wages (1858-1881), membership records (1853-1883), expenditure (1846-1875), library records (1857-1883), letters (1867-1883) and miscellaneous (1873-1883). The minutes and annual reports are important sources for the administration of the Institute and the admission records give details of the actual students, their ages, addresses and occupations. Receipted bills give full accounts of the costs of living and the equipment needed for running the Institute and its Library.
Huddersfield Foreign Library Society Archive Fonds
1851-1871The collection records the names and literary interests of immigrants to Huddersfield, mostly from Europe, in the mid nineteenth century and comprises the administrative documents including letters, minutes of meetings, membership records including subscription books, membership cards, receipts, fines, balance sheets, catalogues, letters and advertising documents.
Huddersfield Guild Society Fonds
1920s-1970sMinute books, speeches and papers relating to the Huddersfield Guild Society. Contact or potential depositor may have been F E Shaw (name written on side of box)
This collection is due to be catalogued by July 2019.
Halifax Industrial Society Limited Fonds
28/6/1902-2/9/1950Printed Report and Balance Sheets for the Industrial Society, later the Halifax Co-operative Society. Includes information for customers; advertisements for food, clothing and furniture; financial information and agendas for half-yearly meetings.
With 2 additional leaflets, as noted below, relating to the cost of living during the First World War and Unemployment Insurance during the Great Depression.
Incomplete series. Includes:
No. 103. June 1902
No. 105 June 1903
No. 106 Dec 1903
No. 107 June 1904
No. 108 Dec 1904
No. 109 July 1905
No. 110 Dec 1905
No. 111 June 1906
No. 112 Jan 1907
No. 113 July 1907
No. 114 Jan 1908
No. 115 July 1908
No. 116 Jan 1909
No. 117 July 1909
No. 118 Jan 1910
No. 120 Jan 1911 (2 copies)
No. 121 July 1911 (2 copies)
No. 122 Jan 1912
No. 123 June 1912 (2 copies)
No. 124 Dec 1912 (2 copies)
No. 125 June 1913
No. 126 Dec 1913
No. 127 June 1914
No. 128 Dec 1914
No. 129 June 1915
No. 130 Dec 1915
No. 131 July 1916
No. 132 Dec 1916
No. 133 June 1917
No. 134 Dec 1917
No. 135 June 1918
No. 136 Dec 1918
No. 138 Dec 1919
No. 139 June 1920
No. 141 June 1921
No. 142 Dec 1921
No. 143 June 1922
No. 144 Dec 1922
No. 145 June 1923
No. 146 Dec 1923
No. 147 June 1924
No. 148 Dec 1924
No. 149 June 1925
No. 150 Dec 1925
No. 151 June 1926
No. 152 Dec 1926
No. 153 June 1927
No. 154 Dec 1927
No. 155 June 1928
No. 156 Dec 1928
No. 157 June 1929
No. 158 Dec 1929
No.159 June 1930
No. 162 Dec1931
No. 163 June 1932
No. 164 Dec 1932
No. 165 June 1933
No. 166 Dec 1933
No. 167 June 1934
No. 168 Dec 1934
No. 169 June 1935
No. 170 Dec 1935
No. 171 June 1936
No. 172 Dec 1936
No. 182 Dec 1941
No. 183 June 1942
No. 184 Dec 1942
No. 185 June 1943
No. 186 Dec 1943 (2 copies)
No. 187 June 1944 (3 copies)
No. 188 Dec 1944 (3 copies)
No. 189 March 1945
No. 190 Sept 1945 (2 copies)
No. 191 March 1946 (3 copies)
No. 199 March 1950 (3 copies) Note: Change of name to Halifax Co-operative Society.
No. 200 Sept 1950 (6 copies)
'War Emergency: Workers' National Committee. Memorandum on the Increased Cost of Living During the War. August 1914- July 1916.' 4th Edition.
'L.E.C. 82/34. Ministry of Labour, Unemployment Insurance (Agriculture) Act, 1936'
Holly Bank College of Education (Technical) Archive Fonds
1947-1974This collection contains the records of the Huddersfield College of Education (Technical) from its formation in 1947 until the point at which it was merged with the School of Education at Huddersfield Polytechnic in 1974. See the Related Material section for how to find records dated after 1974.
The collection includes the papers and minutes of the governors and academic board and the wider strategic direction of the college, as well as operational minutes of internal committees. There are a number of files in the years preceding the merger considering the proposal and bringing together the opinions of interested stakeholders. There are a set of teaching materials and talks developed by the Principal, Alexander MacLennan. A small section on teaching and learning contains sample course syllabuses and reports on courses that have been reunning, as well as a set of dissertations and a number of reports from students taking part in educational exchange visits to countries across Europe.
The Library series contains both articles written by staff and by external agents about the college. There are also some documents about the operation of the library and the planning of a new library building.
There is also a series of papers relating to the Student Union, including student media, committee and some financial papers. There is also a series on the activities of the Old Student's Association (also known as the Former Student's Association) who were a membership body of former staff and students who held annual reunion conferences and dinners until their 60th anniversary in 2008, when they disbanded. It includes details of where conferences were held and correspondence between members, as well as snapshot views of the membership lists over time.
There are also a number of photographs of staff and student groups, as well as internal and external photographs of college buildings, and of alumni in later years re-visiting the college and its accommodation.
Huddersfield RL: A Lasting Legacy Project, carried out by Huddersfield Community Trust Fonds
c.1910-2014This archive contains materials from individuals collected by the Huddersfield Communtity Trust for the Huddersfield Rugby League: A Lasting Legacy project. The materials reflect, commemorate and celebrate some significant anniversaries in Huddersfield's Rugby League history, including the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Huddersfield club in 2014, and the centenary of the club’s Team of all Talents, one of only three teams to win all four available trophies in the same season - 1914-15. The project also marked the anniversary of the start of the First World War and its impact on the people of Huddersfield as well as raising the profile of Huddersfield as the birthplace of rugby league at the George Hotel in 1895.
The archive contains letters, programmes, magazines, yearbooks, commemorate booklets and brochures, scrapbooks and photographs, both contemporary and commemorative, that reflect the stories of individuals and the wider team involved with Rugby League in the Kirklees area. It also contains some china cups and saucers belonging to the old Huddersfield Cricket and Athletic Club.
Huddersfield Labour Party Archive Fonds
c1883-2011Records created by the Huddersfield Labour Party in the course of its activities in promoting the support and election of Labour Party candidates for local and parliamentary elections in the Huddersfield area.
The collection includes the core administrative records of meeting minutes, annual reports, constitution and rules records, financial accounts, membership records, marketing records, correspondence and working papers. There is also a significant amount of material that relates specifically to the Party's work and activities while contesting elections (particularly General Elections) in the Huddersfield area.
There are also significant sections of records that relate to the Huddersfield Labour Party's business with Kirklees Labour Group and Kirklees Metropolitan Council.
Also two exhibition boards, one of Denis Healey and John Harman playing the piano on Mandela Corner, Huddersfield during the 1987 General Election Campaign and one of Keir Hardie with children of the Huddersfield Socialist Sunday School in 1906[Local History Exhibition at the University of Huddersfield, 2006]
Huddersfield Literary and Scientific Society Archive Fonds
1857-1882Papers relating to property (1861-1881); minutes including proposal of Charles Hobkirk as secretary, lecture notes on topics including 'Manufacturers of the district depending on chemistry', 'Coal for products', 'Fatty matters' (1864-1881); membership records with subscription books and receipts for subscriptions from Charles Sikes, George Tindall and Charles Hobkirk; (1857-1870); registers of donations to the museum including from Joseph Tolson and Joseph Crosland (1862-63); proceedings including rules, annual reports, programmes and catalogues of exhibitions (1837-1882); financial records (1857-1874); correspondence (1857-1882); miscellaneous papers (1860-1877)