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Hildred Roach Collection on Pan African Composers

Identifier: GTM-20230714

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials related to Pan African composers and musicians that was collected by Hildred Roach. It includes music scores from a variety of Black composers, Hildred Roach concert programs, and music recordings (phonograph records, compact discs, and open reel). The collection includes William Grant Still, Ulysses Kay, George Walker, and many others.

Please see the External Documents section below for preliminary inventories of the collection.


  • 1950 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

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

Hildred Roach, pianist, educator, lecturer, and author, is a native of Charlotte, N.C. A retired professor from the University of the District of Columbia, she also taught at Tuskegee, Fayetteville State, Howard and Virginia State Universities. Having received B.A. and M.M. degrees from Fisk and Yale Universities respectively, she studied at the Juilliard School of Music and the University of Ghana with such noted musicians as Carrie R. Quander, Margaret Welch Wilson, Richard Stark, Katherine Bacon, Seymour Fink, William Masselos, Alan Forte, Ward Davenny, Janet Knapp, Bela Nagy, F. Laires, and J. Kwabena Nketia. The founder of Group 3 (which played works of Pan African composers in the 1960s-80s), a member of Alpha Kappa, and Phi Beta Kappa, she earned scholarships from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, John Hay Whitney, the Ford Foundation, Yale and Fisk, etc.; she is listed in Eileen Southern’s Dictionary of African and Afro-American Musicians, Who’s Who of American Women and Outstanding Educators of the South.

[Provided by Hildred Roach]


4 Cubic Feet (7 boxes and 1 oversized folder)

Language of Materials


Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Hildred Roach, 2023-2024. The collection consists of four accessions: GTM-20230714, GTM-20230726, GTM-20231115, and GTM-20240211.

Related Materials

Related collections include the Katherine Biddle Papers, Margaret Bonds Papers, William B. Cooper Papers, Noel Da Costa Papers, Mark Fax Papers, Ruth Norman Papers, and Mickey Thomas Terry Papers.

Processing Information

The collection has been rehoused in acid-free containers.


Hildred Roach Collection on Pan African Composers
John Zarrillo
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Revision Statements

  • 2024-03: Accessions GTM-20231115 and GTM-20240211 added to the collection 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