Charles Hippisley-Cox: British Dance Band Collection Fonds
1911-1949A collection of approximately 12,000 shellac 78 RPM and vinyl records containing at least 17,000 audio recordings of British Dance Band music from the 1910s to the 1940s. The collection has been assembled by Charles Hippisley-Cox, a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Studies at the University of Huddersfield, who first started collecting the recordings in the early 1970s. The main focus of the collection is British recordings of dance band music from the inter-war period (the "Golden Age" of the British dance bands is widely believed to have been between 1928 and 1935), however there are some early examples of ragtime recordings from the 1910s and many recordings that were released throughout the 1940s. The vast majority of the records in the collection were commercially published 10-inch 78 rpm shellac discs with an A-side and B-side that both contain one track of up to three minutes, however there are also many rare and unreleased recordings that were never commercially distributed, and records that were made of other materials such as vinyl, card, glass, celluloid, aluminium and casein.
The collection is arranged by the name of the band or surname of the band leader that created the recording. This is the original order in which Charles Hippisley-Cox arranged and accessed the collection. The collection includes the recordingss of many famous dance band leaders such as Bert Ambrose, Roy Fox, Jack Hylton and Debroy Somers, and many famous dance bands such as the Savoy Orpheans, the Savoy Havana Band and the New Mayfair Dance Orchestra, but there are also thousands of recordings of less well-known bands.
To ensure the long-term preservation of these audio recordings the full collection has been digitised to current audio archival standards and access to the audio recordings is provided by these digital surrogates (copies), the physical records are accessible for researchers to consult alongside the digital audio.
The collection also includes a copy of the discography British Dance Bands On Record, 1911 To 1945, by Brian Rust and Sandy Forbes. This discography contains information about many of the recordings within this collection.
Disclaimer: These primary historical recordings reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. Some of the music of this period, including that composed by black, Asian and minority ethnic composers, features words, phrases, and "dialect" portrayals that can be considered offensive and demeaning. The University of Huddersfield and the collector do not endorse the views expressed in these collections, but is presenting this aspect of UK history in order to enable hidden narratives to be uncovered and to strengthen the coverage of under-represented or unheard/disregarded voices.
Bow Group Publications Library Fonds
1905-1985Bow Group Publications Library concerning political and social issues, deposited by Ann Carter.
Robert Blatchford Archive Fonds
1895-1951This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Robert Blatchford, socialist campaigner and journalist collected first by his immediate family and then passed into the care of Baron Lord David Clark of Windemere. It contains handwritten and bound and published copies of his poems, articles and other writings, including a matching bound set of his publications from Lord Clark's library. The collection also includes a large amount of correspondence written by Blatchford to his daughters, his personal accounts, records of his war service, newspaper cuttings and scrapbooks of his career.
Box 1: Personal papers, accounts, correspondence and articles written by Blatchford.
Box 2: Books by Blatchford from Lord Clark's library, mostly in English.
Box 3: Bound matching set of Blatchford's books.
British Music Collection Fonds
c1900-2014The music library and administrative records of the British Music Information Centre (BMIC).
In addition to the 255 boxes of administrative records, the music library contains 40,000 scores and over 23,000 sound recordings of 20th and 21st Century British composition (defined by the BMIC as music that has been composed by an individual born or living in the UK). The majority of the collection relates to post-1960 and contemporary music, but also encompasses works from the late 19th century onwards. The collection of scores and recordings contains both published and unpublished works, and includes high-profile composers, such as Britten, Tippett, Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies, Cardew, Harvey, Weir, MacMillan, Turnage, Tate and Adès, as well as emerging composers and less well-known musicians.
The scores in the collection were catalogued and arranged by BMIC staff into the following self-designed categories with the aim of best assisting users' (particularly would-be performers) access the collection: A - Symphony; B - Orchestra; C - Solo & Orchestra; D - Solo & Strings; E - String Orchestra; F - Music Theatre & Opera; G - Accompanied Choral; H - Classical Chamber (3-6 players); Ha - Chamber Miscellaneous; Hb - Chamber Brass; Hv - Chamber Vocal; Hw - Chamber Woodwind; I - Solo; Id - Duo; J - Piano & Soloist; Ko - Organ; Kp - Piano; L - Piano Duo; M - Song; N - Unaccompanied Choral; O - Band; P - Collections/Anthologies; T - Experimental. This arrangement has been maintained in the catalogue and the physical collection.
The scores within the collection have a Reference Number that begins BMC/SC/... The recordings within the collection have a Reference Number that begins BMC/RE/...
To search the online catalogue for a particular score category, type the category name into the 'Term' field. To search for a specific composer's works then type all or part of the composer's name into the 'Person's name' field. To search for the title of a piece then type all or part of the title into the 'Title or description contains' field.
The sound recordings in the collection include both commercial and private recordings donated by publishers and composers, recordings of concerts and events that took place at the BMIC and other related music organisations (e.g. the Society for the Promotion of New Music), and recordings of BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. The recordings are stored on a variety of formats, including VHS tapes, Betamax tapes, vinyl records, audio cassettes, CDs and DVDs. There is also a very small number of reel to reel audio tapes and DAT tapes. Live concerts promoted by the BMIC and recorded onto Betamax, VHS, DAT and cassette tapes have been digitised and may be available online - digital files will be linked from the individual catalogue records. These concerts were never professionally recorded or commercially distributed, so the sound quality may vary.
The collection also contains administrative records of the British Music Information Centre. These records concern the management and administration of the BMIC, including its premises, corporate development and finances, as well as records that document the activities, events and projects that the BMIC was involved in. These records also include additional library resources that were available to the Centre's users, including music journals, magazines, newsletters, concert and festival programmes and composer information files. The composer files were compiled by the BMIC and contain varying amounts of information concerning the biographies and works of British composers.
Buildings of Huddersfield Project Archive Fonds
1780-2012The Buildings of Huddersfield project was initiated by the Local Architecture Research Group, to research and make available historical information about the architecture of buildings in the town. The Group was made possible by an HLF grant, which funded the creation of the steering group, the research project, and funds to disseminate the information, both through a website and through public events. The project ran from 2008-2012. Also includes a CD ROM.
Subsequently the project was taken forward by the Civic Society and Local History Society supported by Huddersfield Exposed. A website including information generated by the 2008-2012 project and subsequently greatly expanded can be seen at https://buildings.huddersfieldhistory.org.uk/info.html
Albert Booth Photographic Collection Fonds
1928-2006The professional photographic collection and library of Albert Booth, notable Huddersfield photographer.
Albert Booth Photographic Archive Fonds
1960s-1990The archive of Albert Booth, notable Huddersfield photographer (1927-2009)
This collection contains photographs and negatives taken by Albert Booth of the Huddersfield and West Yorkshire areas. Primarily concerned with buildings and architectural features, some of the photography was carried out as part of his work in the Architects Department of Barnsley's South Yorkshire City Council. Many of these photographs are labelled in their sleeves and mention the place or architect's name so can be identified. There is also a run of images on the Yorkshire Sculpture Park from around the 1990s period.
Brearley Baptist Sunday School Library Fonds
1794-1893Books taken from the library of the Brearley Baptist Sunday School.
The Church was established in March 1846 by a number of the congregation of Ebenezer Baptish Church in Hebden Bridge, who wanted to establish a local Baptist cause. It replaced an earlier Bethel chapel. They raised £3000 to build a new chapel, which open on the 15th July 1875 and was designed by Horsfall, Wardle and Patchett. The Sunday School was also established in this year, and the church continued into the 1890s, when two of the three local mills closed down and people left the district in search of work. The Church was later demolished and houses built on the site.
J. Bottomley Home Economics Library Fonds
1914-1965Collection of students school/study books belonging to Miss J Bottomley on the subject of home economics, including cooking, needlework, laundry, housekeeping, food and nutrition.
Andrew Buck Archive Fonds
c.1970This collection is currently uncatalogued, please contact the archive team for further assistance.
3 boxes containing architectural diagrams, photographs and plans.