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African American Music


African-American Sheet Music from Brown University
This digital collection consists of 1,305 pieces of African American sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920. Searchable by keyword, and browsable by title, subject,  or its creator or contributor. Maintained by the Library of Congress as part of the American Memory Project.
Afrocentric Voices in Classical Music
Focuses on performers and composers of opera, art songs, and spirituals produced for concerts. Includes biographies, chronology, bibliography, suggested web resources, and a list of research centers and special collections.
Honor!: A celebration of African American cultural legacy
Features an interactive timeline of African American music genres spanning 1600 to 2000. Each genre entry includes digitized archival material, musical samples, and an about page (with definition, context and history, musical feature/performance style, lyrics, and notable performers sections). Webpage includes a tab titled "Artists" that features biographical profiles.
Official Site of Negro Spirituals, Antique Gospel Music
This site includes pages on the history, singers, songs, and composers of traditional black spirituals.
Sweet Chariot: the story of the spirituals
Offers "various [essays about the] cultural and historical influences of the spirituals ... and includes selected samples of interviews conducted with performing artists, community workers and composers around the country..."  From the Spirituals Project and University of Denver.


Encyclopedia of African American music

Encyclopedia of African American music  
Price, Emmett George

"Showcases all facets of African American music, including folk, religious, concert, and popular styles of today. Illuminates the profound role that African American music has plays in American cultural history."
Call Number: ML101 .U6 E53 2011Q
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Lift every voice

Lift every voice  : the history of African American music
Peretti, Burton W.

"Traces the roots of black music in Africa and slavery and its evolution in the United States from the end of slavery to the present day. The music's creators, consumers, and distributors are all part of the story. Musical genres such as spirituals, ragtime, the blues, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, rock, soul, and hip-hop-as well as black contributions to classical, country, and other American music forms depict the continuities and innovations that mark both the music and the history of African Americans."
Call Number: ML3556 .P45 2009
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Music of Black Americans

Music of Black Americans  : A History
3rd edition
Southern, Eileen

A comprehensive chronicle covering nearly 400 years of music from the time of the first arrival in North America. Extensive bibliography, discography, and timelines for each period covered.
Call Number: ML3556 .S74 1997
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African-American History and Culture
This electronic encyclopedia includes thousand of entries covering the entire breadth of African-American history - from African beginnings through the slave trade and the Civil Rights Movement to the present. Entries are organized into five sections: Biographies, Encyclopedia, Historical Documents, Gallery and Maps and Charts. Each entry is cross-referenced through hyperlinks and searchable by topic, by historical era, and by keyword.

Maintained by the staff of the African American Department, State Library Resource Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library