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Dorsey, Thomas A.

Collection Photographer:
Schiedt, Duncan P., 1921-2014  Search this
Container:
Box 16, Folder 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Duncan Schiedt Jazz Collection, 1900-2012, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection
Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection / Series 2: Photographic Materials / 2.2: Artist Files Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88ae8320c-f977-4ae3-97d3-a38b36e1946a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1323-ref502

I'm Climbing Up the Rough Side of the Mountain; Some Day I"m Going To See My Jesus

Recording artist:
Dorsey, Thomas A.  Search this
Manufacturer:
MGM  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States
Recording date:
1953
Related Publication:
Hayes, Cedric J.; Laughton, Robert. Gospel Records, 1943-1969: Volume I, A to K
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert B. Campbell in memory of Dorothy and William Campbell
ID Number:
1996.3034.10362
Label number:
11461
Catalog number:
1996.3034.10362
Nonaccession number:
1996.3034
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-b6a3-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1015423

Every Day Will Be Sunday (By And By); One Morning Soon

Recording artist:
Original Gospel Harmonettes  Search this
Composer:
Dorsey, Thomas A.  Search this
Manufacturer:
Specialty  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: California, Los Angeles
Recording date:
1951
Related Publication:
Hayes, Cedric J.; Laughton, Robert. Gospel Records, 1943-1969: Volume I, A to K
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert B. Campbell in memory of Dorothy and William Campbell
ID Number:
1996.3034.10906
Nonaccession number:
1996.3034
Catalog number:
1996.3034.10906
Label number:
SP-833
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Religion
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-c229-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1018274

Album of Choral Arrangements

Collection Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1931 - 1942
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Collection Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0456, Series 1
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Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep84ae36d53-efc2-4003-985e-fdcf70089056
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0456-ref11

Loose Choral Arrangements

Collection Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1939-1945
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Collection Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0456, Series 2
See more items in:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep80a01725f-fd1c-43d9-a361-0e376b394762
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0456-ref12

Gospel Music Album (75pp) A - L.

Collection Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Container:
Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Collection Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection / Series 1: Album of Choral Arrangements
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d3ce58c4-34ee-4976-a9f6-d4799155139b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0456-ref13

"Hang Out Your Sign for the King." -- 2 copies

Collection Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Container:
Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Collection Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection / Series 2: Loose Choral Arrangements
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8f399d7a1-3ebe-4891-8ceb-6f76565a13c7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0456-ref14

"His Nail Scarred Hand." -- 1 copy

Collection Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Container:
Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Collection Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection / Series 2: Loose Choral Arrangements
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8b9208b6f-0368-4e42-be7a-88149f9628c0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0456-ref15

"Just for Today." -- 1 copy

Collection Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Container:
Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Collection Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection / Series 2: Loose Choral Arrangements
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep863c0fdbb-a2c5-42b0-ac56-f9f64eeef981
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0456-ref16

"Just Pray On." -- 2 copies

Collection Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Container:
Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Collection Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection / Series 2: Loose Choral Arrangements
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82f4e2ee6-f4bc-4d64-a985-182232497e56
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0456-ref17

"Let's Go Back To Our Father's Praying Ground." -- 2 copies

Collection Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Container:
Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Collection Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection / Series 2: Loose Choral Arrangements
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8cbd84b47-02b6-4e0a-a8fa-70c330ea7fc1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0456-ref18

"Lord I Just Couldn't Hold My Peace." -- 1 copy

Collection Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Container:
Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Collection Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection / Series 2: Loose Choral Arrangements
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8bd418613-8e49-4387-a038-5ddc68542a9d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0456-ref19

"Lord Plant My Feet On Higher Ground." -- 3 copies

Collection Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Container:
Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Collection Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection / Series 2: Loose Choral Arrangements
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88a7b2ab6-a0d8-4801-8815-8ceb5beac4cc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0456-ref20

"The Man of Galilee." -- 2 copies

Collection Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Container:
Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Collection Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection / Series 2: Loose Choral Arrangements
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep850c2641e-42ea-4b25-ba55-bc5c1bb917b2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0456-ref21

"Something Peculiar Burns Within Me." -- 2 copies

Collection Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Container:
Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Collection Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection / Series 2: Loose Choral Arrangements
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep805e5c35c-322a-4613-8656-8ae623ab28b1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0456-ref22

"Whither Shall I Go." -- 2 copies; 11, "Yes My Lord Is A to Z." -- 2 copies.

Collection Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Container:
Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Collection Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection / Series 2: Loose Choral Arrangements
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8191369af-ef52-41bb-88e9-b4ba18daa032
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0456-ref23

Gospel Music Album (75pp) M - Z.

Collection Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Container:
Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Collection Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection / Series 1: Album of Choral Arrangements
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep86cfdea3b-3e56-4e9b-a579-f1af3376c550
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0456-ref24

Album cover

Collection Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collection Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Container:
Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Collection Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection / Series 1: Album of Choral Arrangements
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep89932a3de-c252-423a-951e-45a96a3fcbb3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0456-ref25

Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection

Composer:
Frye, Theodore M. (singer)  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A. (choral director)  Search this
Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Creator:
Smallwood, Eugene D., Rev., -2005 (composer, music director)  Search this
Names:
Universal Gospel Singers  Search this
Bouldin, Ione B. (singer)  Search this
Martin, Sallie (singer)  Search this
Pleasant, Earl (singer)  Search this
Extent:
0.15 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sheet music
Place:
Oklahoma
Tulsa (Oklahoma)
Date:
1931-1945
Summary:
Music collected by the Reverend Mr. Eugene D. Smallwood, gospel musician, choir leader, and owner of a music publishing company.
Scope and Contents:
The Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection consists of an album of Gospel music scores collected or composed by Reverend Eugene D. Smallwood andnineteen additional loose scores published by Rev. Smallwood's company. The publication dates range from 1931 to 1945. The scores were performed by Reverend Smallwood's choirs. As a composer/arranger, Rev. Smallwood was often able to "correct" or re-arrange the compositions of others to suit his own style. If he felt the music was in the "wrong key", he transposed it himself. 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 some additional illustrations of Gospel musicians, e.g. Rev.Smallwood; Ione B. Bouldin, Gospel singer; Earl Pleasant, Gospel singer; and the Universal Gospel singers. Many of the works are numbered according to the system that Rev. Smallwood used in the album, or dated according to his use of the arrangements.

Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, a staff member in the Division of Community Life, National Museum of American History, was instrumental in the acquisition of the collection. According to Dr. 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 the preservation purposes, this album is a written record of the performance of Gospel music by Reverend Smallwood and his choirs. The collection should prove to be of interest to anyone studying Gospel music and its creators.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into two series.

Series 1: Scrapbook album, 1931-1942

Series 2: Sheet music, 1939-1945
Biographical / Historical:
Reverend Eugene D. Smallwood is a Gospel musician and choir leader who owned his own music publishing company. Some of the more famous Gospel musicians with whom he worked were Mahalia Jackson and the Roberta Martin Singers.
Related/Analytical Title:
Jesus Lives In Me,[song]

I'm Just A Sinner Saved by Grace,[song]

Heaven's Radio,[song]

Lead Me To Calvary,[song]

No Disappointment In Heaven,[song]

The Little Wooden Church on the Hill,[song]
Provenance:
The Smallwood collection was acquired through Dr. Bernice Reagon. While doing research on Gospel music with the support of a MacArthur Foundation grant, from 1991 to 1992, she made several contacts with the originators of the Black Gospel music movement in the Americas. Dr. Smallwood was one of those contacts.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Use of this collection for performance purposes requires notification of Smallwood's daughter. Contact the Archives Center staff for more information.
Topic:
Gospel music  Search this
Choral music  Search this
Church music  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sheet music
Citation:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection, 1931-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0456
See more items in:
Eugene D. Smallwood Gospel Music Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8ba3f1852-7dad-4963-a841-1342ef029f99
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0456

Bernice Johnson Reagon Collection of African American Sacred Music

Consultant:
Richardson, Deborra  Search this
Collector:
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Names:
Chick Webb Orchestra  Search this
Hampton University Choir  Search this
Harmonizing Four  Search this
Jubilee Singers  Search this
Dett, Nathaniel  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A.  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Tharpe, Rosetta  Search this
Tindley, Charles  Search this
Extent:
6.55 Cubic feet (17 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1822-1994
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.
Scope and Contents:
The Bernice Johnson Reagon Collection of the African American Sacred Music Tradition documents the music, and the society, history, and customs from which it emerged. The materials were collected by Dr. Reagon during her tenure as Director of the Program in Black American Culture, Curator, and Curator Emerita at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution (1977-1997). The records span the nineteenth century and greater part of the twentieth century. The collection is important because it allows an understanding of the interconnectivity of African American musical forms. Gospel, Jazz, and Protest Songs document the African experience in America through verse and melody. Dr. Reagon collected photographs, sheet music and other primary and secondary sources chronicling the development of African American sacred music tradition from its birth during the period of slavery through the creation of concert spiritual, gospel music, jazz and the performance of protest song in the century following Emancipation.

The records, which measure approximately six linear feet, contain photographs, sheet music, and what Dr. Reagon calls "cultural files" pertaining to figures in, types of, and history of African American music. The cultural file material formats include book, news and magazine articles, programs, bio-sketches, and music. Information about personalities such as Marian Anderson, La Verne Baker, Dorothy Love Coates, Nathaniel Dett, Thomas Dorsey, Frederick Douglass, Duke Ellington, and the Golden Gate Quartet are contained among the collection materials. Also, there are items on gospel trailblazers such as Charles Tindley, Thomas A. Dorsey, and Rosetta Tharpe. In addition, the collection features materials connected to historians and other scholars who participated in a number of teams Reagon organized to carry out specific research initiatives in sacred music traditions and the larger African American experience.

The collection, which was arranged by Dr. Reagon and staff, consists of four parts: a cultural file, a sheet music file, a photography file, and a negative file. The cultural file includes primary documents such as programs from historic performances, personal letters, press releases, and programs from scholarly conferences as well as secondary materials such as journal articles, excerpts from books, and biographical notes. The photography (and negative) files contain photographs of performers and scholars who have participated in the evolution of the African American sacred music tradition. The sheet music file encompasses songbooks and individual pieces of music.

Series 1: Cultural Files, ca. 1836 - 1994: The bulk of materials date from the 1920's to the 1960's. Four document boxes of materials which relate to prominent personalities, groups and events that contributed to the popularization of African American sacred music. Also included in this series is information on slave songs, the Civil War, the Black Church, the Civil Rights Movement, and popular music culture.

Series 2: Sheet Music, ca. 1901 - 1993: The bulk of materials date from the 1900's to the 1950's. Three document boxes of sacred music sheets and songbooks including concert, spiritual, and gospel arrangements. Also included are a few popular compositions, some written by classically trained musicians.

Series 3: Negative Files, ca. 1880's - 1993: The bulk of the materials ranges from 1940 to 1965. Two boxes document boxes of photographic negatives depicting gospel music performers and performances. Included .are contact sheets and individual negatives of varying sizes.

Series 4: Photographs and Illustrations, ca. 1822 - 1993: The bulk of materials range from the 1900's to the 1980's. Eight document boxes of photographs featuring gospel performers, performances, sacred rituals, sacred organizations, Civil Rights activity , and gospel music conferences (primarily black and white).
Biographical / Historical:
Bernice Johnson Reagon, noted vocalist, musician, curator, historian, writer and civil rights activist, provided the impetus for the Smithsonian Institution's research into African American sacred song and music traditions from 1977 until ca. 1997.

Dr. Reagon was born October 2, 1942 to a rural Georgia Baptist minister (Jesse Johnson) and his wife (Beatrice Wise) whose religious influence is evident in her research and performance style. She came of age during the 1960's Civil Rights era, and was a Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Freedom Singer. The SNCC Freedom Singers were an African American group whose vocal singing style was an integral element in the civil rights struggles. The Singers traveled throughout the country performing protest songs such as "We Shall Not Be Moved" and "This Little Light of Mine". Their songs reflected the Black church theology of the era, emphasizing freedom, long denied, but fervently sought by civil rights activists and the people they represented.

At one march, Reagon was jailed along with hundreds of other demonstrators. This experience taught her the importance of music as a political act. Reagon reflected on this in the book We Who Believe in Freedom: Sweet Honey in the Rock... She founded Sweet Honey in the Rock, a highly regarded female a capella ensemble dedicated to performing traditional music of the African diaspora in 1973, started working full time at the Smithsonian Institution in 1974, and earned a Ph. D. from Howard University in 1975.

Reagon's life has combined political activism with music and cultural history. She began directing the Smithsonian's Program in Black American Culture in 1976. In 1988 she became a curator at the National Museum of American History and after retirement in 1993 continued her work in African American songs of protest and sacred traditions as a curator emeritus at the Smithsonian and a distinguished professor at American University.

Dr. Reagon has authored and edited numerous publications including, We'll Understand It Better By and By: African American Pioneering Gospel Composers, (Smithsonian Press, 1992) and We Who Believe in Freedom: Sweet Honey in the Rock...Still on the Journey (Anchor Books, 1993). She was principal scholar, producer and host of the National Public Radio series "Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions (1994). Dr. Reagon has served as consultant composer and performer for several film and video projects including programs for PBS,"Eye on the Prize" (Blackside Productions) and "We Shall Overcome" (Ginger Productions), and has won a number of awards for her scholarship and pioneering work (MacArthur Fellowship, 1989; the Charles Frankel Prize,1995 and the Isadora Duncan award, 1996).
Provenance:
Collection donated by Bernice Johnson Reagon.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
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Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0653
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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