Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945
Smallwood, Eugene D. Rev (composer music director) -2005
Dorsey, Thomas A. choral director
Frye, Theodore M. singer
Reagon, Bernice Johnson 1942-
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Bouldin, Ione B. singer
Martin, Sallie singer
Pleasant, Earl singer
Universal Gospel Singers
0.15 cu. ft.: 1 box
Reverend Eugene D. Smallwood is a Gospel musician and choir leader who owned his own music publishing company. Some of the famous Gospel musicians with whom he worked were Mahalia Jackson and the Roberta Martin Singers. Died July 2005 (from daughter Ora LaFaye Smallwood, 3/3/06.
An album of Gospel music scores collected or composed by Reverend Eugene D. Smallwood; and nineteen additional loose scores published by Rev. Smallwood's company, 1931-1945. The scores were performed by Reverend Smallwood's choirs. Some compositions were the work of such well-known artists as Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey and Theodore Frye, whose portraits appear in the collection. The published music includes illustrations of Gospel musicians, e.g., Rev. Smallwood; Ione B. Bouldin, Gospel singer; Earl Pleasant, Gospel singer; and the Universal Gospel singers. According to Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, the collection is unique because of Rev. Smallwood's use of an album of music which he kept intact. Although the music has been removed from the original album cover for preservation purposes, this album is a written record of the performance of Gospel music by Rev. Smallwood and his choirs.
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History