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Bernice Johnson Reagon Collection of African American Sacred Music

Collector:
Reagon, Bernice Johnson 1942-
Collection specialist:
Richardson, Deborra
Subject:
Tindley, Charles
Dorsey, Thomas A
Tharpe, Rosetta
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Dett, Nathaniel
Jubilee Singers
Harmonizing Four
Hampton University Choir
Chick Webb Orchestra
Physical description:
6.55 cu. ft
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1901
1997
Summary:
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.
Topic:
Gospel music
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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