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Martin and Morris Music Company Records, ca. 1930-1985

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Creator:
Martin and Morris Music Company
Donor:
Morris, Necey Mrs
Publisher:
Morris, Kenneth 1917-
Martin, Sallie
Subject:
Bradford, Alex
Cleveland, James
Crouch, Andrae
Bowles, Lillian
O'Neal Twins, The
Rasberry (Raymond) Singers
Singing Caravan, The
Ward (Clara) Singers, The
Physical description:
8.7 cu. ft.: 27 boxes
Type:
Advertisements
Collection descriptions
Business records
Photographs
Correspondence
Sheet music
Songbooks
Ephemera
Date:
1930
1985
ca 1930-1985
1930-1990
20th century
Notes:
Kenneth Morris, original company founder, was a gospel musician, composer, and arranger. Sallie Martin, co-founder of the company, was leader of her own performing group, the Sallie Martin Singers.
Morris's career in the Chicago gospel movement began at the Bowles House of Music, owned by Lillian Bowles, a Chicago publisher; he arranged many songs that later became gospel standards. In 1940 Morris joined Sallie Martin to form the Martin and Morris Studio of Music, the oldest continuously operating Black gospel music publishing firm in the U.S. The company distributed the music of such artists as Andrae Crouch, the Clara Ward Singers, the O'Neal Twins, James Cleveland, The Raymond Rasberry Singers, the Singing Caravan, and Alex Bradford.
Summary:
Primarily music and music book collections of gospel music published by Martin and Morris Music Company, 1945-65; also correspondence between the company and prospective composers, other company business records, photographs, and advertising ephemera.
Cite as:
Martin and Morris Music Company Records, ca. 1930-1985, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Gospel music
Local number:
1993.3174 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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