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Boston Brass Band memorandum book

 Collection — Volume: MS.2013.017
Collection MS-2013-017: Boston Brass Band memorandum book


  • Creation: 1837-1838

Scope and Contents

Memorandum book of the Boston Brass Band compiled by S. S. Pearce, listing performances, venues, names of musicians, and amounts paid in 1837. The Band played at venues in New England, including Faneuil Hall and Boston Common, and at parades, military musters, and funerals. The second part of the book records an Atlantic sea voyage taken in August 1838.


Language of Materials

In English.

Restrictions on access

Open for research. Volume is fragile and should be used with care.

Conditions Governing Use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Historical note

The Boston Brass Band was formed in 1835 when part of the Boston Brigade Band merged with the Green Dragon Band. It played numerous civic engagements until its dissolution in 1861.


Dickinson, Samuel and George W. Boynton. The Boston Almanac for the Year 1838. Boston: S.N. Dickinson, 1838.

Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1884.

Ian Brabner, Bookseller, catalog entry 14519513.

Roberts, Oliver Ayer. History of the Military Company of the Massachusetts. Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, 1897.


1 Volumes (84 pages) ; 16 cm

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Ian Brabner, bookseller, in 2013.

Physical Description

Fair: two separated signatures. Some separation at joints, light scattered foxing.



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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States