A new paper has recently been published and is available at: https://gavinholman.academia.edu/research
Researching the History of Brass Bands – a guide to the resources available
For those wishing to delve into the history of brass bands there are various sources available, both primary and secondary. These are also published histories and individual bands’ memorabilia and records. In addition to British resources, In this paper I also include some relevant details about key resources in the USA and major commonwealth countries where brass bands were/are common. Aspects covered in this guide include: books, articles and journals, local archives (county record offices and archives), museums and libraries, newspaper archives, digitised newspapers, local history societies, industrial societies, records of individual companies, trade directories, religious organisations, the temperance movement, friendly societies, the volunteer battalions, political brass bands, people – personal memories, people – genealogical resources, children’s homes, institutional brass bands, family bands, professional bands, ladies’ brass bands, geographical resources, and specific archives of brass band materials.