The Hazen band photograph collection contains photocopies of images of wind bands from throughout the U.S., along with associated metadata for each image, and a copy of a database of American Band Images. Most of the images date from the late 19th century. The collection was probably assembled as research for Margaret Hindle Hazen and Robert M. Hazen's book The Music Men: An Illustrated History of Brass Bands in America, 1800-1920.
The collection is open for research use. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room during SCPA’s operating hours. Please contact the curator for an appointment or if you have questions related to digital access of the materials.
Copyright was not transferred to the University of Maryland with the gift of any copyrighted materials. All rights remain with the creators and rights holders. The University of Maryland Libraries is granted permission for the use in scholarly research by the Libraries’ patrons under fair use in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.
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The Hazen band photograph collection contains photocopies of images of wind bands from throughout the U.S., along with associated metadata for each image, and a copy of a database of American Band Images. Most of the images date from the late 19th century. The are filed A-Z according to the state in which each band was based. Collectively the images and the notes accompanying them give a sense of band culture during the height of the town band in the U.S., including the number of ensembles, the size and instrumentation of the ensembles, and the racial or ethnic make-up of band members.
This collection is organized into a single series. The materials were exquisitely well organized upon arrival and original order has been maintained. The only change in organization came about because the items were removed from the six binders that initially contained them and placed into folders. Folder titles reflect original ordering system.
The Hazen band photograph collection was acquired from the Marine Band Library. The collection was probably assembled as research for the book The Music Men: An Illustrated History of Brass Bands in America, 1800-1920. Although SCPA does not have paperwork affirming the chain of custodianship, we suspect that the authors of the book, Margaret Hindle Hazen and Robert M. Hazen, donated the collection to the Marine Band Library. They also donated a collection of primary source materials to the Smithsonian Institution, "The Hazen collection of band photographs and ephemera."
Every image has an affiliated metadata sheet containing a note about the existence and location of the original image at the time of collection.
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