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Music by African American composers

 Subject
Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

William B. Cooper Papers

 Collection
Identifier: GTM-20230202
Scope and Contents The collection primarily consists of music manuscripts created by William B. Cooper, dating from around 1945 to 1987. In addition to the music manuscripts, it also includes lyrics, a list of composition by Cooper, abstracts of compositions, a manuscript on modern church music, programs, clippings, and other related documents. The collection includes one phonograph (LP) recording titled "We Praise Thee O Lord." It features music played by Cooper, William Farley Smith (conductor),...
Dates: 1945 - 1993

Noel Da Costa Papers

 Collection
Identifier: GTM-181130
Scope and Contents This collection is currently unprocessed and access to it may therefore be limited. Researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections for more information on access to this collection.The collection consists of the papers of Noel Da Costa, a musical composer and college professor who taught at Rutgers University for over 30 years. It primarily consists of music manuscripts by Da Costa, audio recordings (by Da Costa,...
Dates: 1950-2002

Mark Fax Papers

 Collection
Identifier: GTM-20170822
Content Description Music manuscripts of the composer Mark Fax, including choral arrangements and vocal solos, chamber music, piano and organ pieces, operas, orchestral works, studies and sketches. Fax composed music in many genres, classical, popular, and sacred; all are represented in the collection. Of note are Fax's regular collaborations with poet Owen Dodson and composer Hall Johnson. A small file containing miscellaneous papers related to his music (copyright filings and posthumous notes by his wife,...
Dates: 1932 - 1999; Majority of material found within 1945 - 1972

Eugene W. Hancock Papers

 Collection
Identifier: GTM-20230803
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of music manuscripts of compositions by Eugene W. Hancock. It also includes biographies of Hancock and other Black composers, a letter from Robert J. Batastini (G.I.A. Publications), "Spiritual Lullaby" by William B. Cooper, "Funf Stucke fur Orchester" by Anton Webern, and the 1990-1991 choral music schedule for West End Presbyterian Church.

Dates: 1970 - 1994

W.C. Handy Collection

 Collection
Identifier: GTM-110629
Scope and Contents This collection is currently unprocessed and access to it may therefore be limited. Researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections for more information on access to this collection.The collection contains material related to W.C. Handy, including music manuscripts, printed music, correspondence, photographs, typescripts for radio plays that feature Handy's music, and other ephemera.For more information,...
Dates: circa1937-1981

Ruth Norman Papers

 Collection
Identifier: GTM-180524
Scope and Contents The collection consists musical compositions authored by pianist and composer Ruth Norman, including music manuscripts and printed scores. Norman produced a variety of works, including piano solo compositions, organ solo compositions, choral compositions, solo vocal compositions, and orchestral compositions. The collection also includes a small amount of related documents, such as concert programs, correspondence, promotional flyers, and composition lists. Finally, the collection also...
Dates: 1969 - 2007

Hildred Roach Collection on Pan African Composers

 Collection
Identifier: GTM-20230714
Scope and Contents This collection is currently unprocessed and access to it may therefore be limited. Researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections for more information on access to this collection.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...
Dates: 1950 - 2014

Evelyn Simpson-Curenton Papers

 Collection
Identifier: GTM-20230711
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Evelyn Simpson-Curenton music scores and one compact disc of recorded music by Simpson-Curenton titled "Reflections" (2009).

Dates: 2001 - 2023

Mickey Thomas Terry Papers

 Collection
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.

Dates: 1970s-2023

Lewis C. Wendell, Jr. Collection on the United States Information Agency-Duke Ellington Good Will Tour

 Collection
Identifier: GTM-20220228
Scope and Contents The collection consists of materials related to Duke Ellington concerts held in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and other nations, that were sponsored by the U.S. State Department in 1963. The materials were collected by Lewis C. Wendell, Jr., who served as a Consul with the United States Information Agency in that region. The collection includes photographs, programs, press releases, and seven audio recordings of concerts held in Lahore, Pakistan (1/4 inch magnetic tapes).The...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1963; 1963, 1971, circa 2010s