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Creators:
Richardson, Deborra
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-
Dates:
circa 1822-1994
Size:
6.55 Cubic feet (17 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0653
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents the customs and culture of black gospel song and its performance in 19th- and 20th-century America. Dr. Reagon collected photographs, sheet music, and other primary and secondary sources chronicling the development and legacy of this medium, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, from blues to Gospel to classical to jazz. Among the subjects included in this collection are trailblazers such as Charles Tindley, Thomas A. Dorsey, Rosetta Tharpe, Duke Ellington, and Nathaniel Dett. Noted performers are the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the Harmonizing Four, the Hampton University Choir, and the Chick Webb Orchestra.

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Level:
file
Collection ID:
Accession 17-010
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Dates:
undated
Level:
file
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0584
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Dates:
1957
Level:
file
Collection ID:
AAA.eisewill
Repository:
Archives of American Art

(Pictured are Kenneth Rexroth, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Grover Sales Jr., Sonny Wayne, Bill Weisjahn, and unidentified others)

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Dates:
ca 1940s-1961
Level:
item
Size:
1 motion picture film
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0491
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Descriptive Summary: b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith 1. Music in America, An amalgam of snippets, including: behind the scenes at Tin Pan Alley; Perry Como singing "Now"; "Your Hit Parade" excerpt; George Gershwin at the piano playing "I Got Rhythm"; Benny Goodman Orchestra; Dixieland Jass Band playing "Livery Stable Blues"; comment...