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Mickey Thomas Terry Papers

Identifier: GTM-20230707

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the career of Mickey Thomas Terry as an organist and historian of African American classical music.

It includes correspondence, music programs, posters, interviews with George Walker and Jean Guillou, music recordings, clippings, and other materials related to African American composers and organists. Other individuals who are represented in the collection include David Hurd, Ruth Norman, Noel Da Costa, and William B. Cooper, among others.


  • 1970s-2023


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Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Mickey Thomas Terry holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. His principal organ teachers were Clarence Watters, Conrad Bernier, and Charles Callahan. Dr. Terry has been a prize-winner and/or finalist in national and international organ competitions. He has been a featured recitalist at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and has appeared on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams” broadcasts.

Dr. Terry is the editor of critically acclaimed multi-volume African-American Organ Music Anthology, published by MorningStar Music Publishers (St. Louis, MO). Dr. Terry serves as a Master Instructor in the Department of Music at Howard University. He has also taught on the History faculty of Georgetown University. A recipient of the 2023 Artist Fellowship from the District of Columbia Council on the Arts and Humanities, Dr. Terry is an avid recitalist who is considered as one of the leading authorities on the music of African-American classical composers. Dr. Terry is the recipient of the 2021-2022 Distinguished Artist Award from the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts of Howard University as well as the 2022-2023 Outstanding Master Instructor Award for Teaching.

His published articles have appeared in numerous professional music journals. His latest publication is an anthology published by Cognella Academic Publishers entitled Blacks in the Arts: Music, Art, and Theater-Selective Readings which was released in 2022.

[Biographical statement provided by the donor]


3 Cubic Feet (6 boxes, 10 audio recordings, and 2 oversized folders)

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Metadata Rights Declarations


The collection has been organized into six series by the processing archivist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Mickey Thomas Terry, 2023-2024. The collection is comprised of the following accessions: GTM-20230707, GTM-20231213, GTM-20240105, and GTM-20240309.

Related Materials

Related collections include the William B. Cooper Papers, Noel Da Costa Papers, Mark Fax Papers, Ruth Norman Papers, and Hildred Roach Collection on Pan African Composers.

Processing Information

The collection has been rehoused in acid-free containers.

John Zarrillo
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Revision Statements

  • 2024-02: Collection processed and finding aid updated by John Zarrillo
  • 2024-03: Accession GTM-20240309 incorporated into the finding aid by John Zarrillo

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057