Music Library Publishes Online Southern African American Music Exhibit

Lithograph from the cover of “Southern Jollification,” sheet music from the CSAM Collection. CSAM 17.

Lithograph from the cover of “Southern Jollification.”

Our new online Southern African American Music exhibit is now available for viewing. This exhibit features the Southern African American Music Collection, which is associated with the Center for Southern African-American Music (CSAM) and is housed in the University of South Carolina Music Library.

The topics chosen for this exhibit represent subjects that are prominent within our collection: Gullah Music, Spirituals and Gospel, American Minstrelsy, Sheet Music, and the Jenkins Orphanage Band. The materials available represent a wide range of formats such as artifacts, CDs, LPs, cassettes, visual materials, books, periodicals, and sheet music. A large portion of the sheet music in this collection can be viewed online in the Sheet Music Catalog. We also welcome visitors who would like to conduct research using this collection to contact us to make an appointment.

Resources used to research these topics came from a variety of other sources as well, including the Music Library’s and Thomas Cooper Library’s circulating collections and online resources, the South Caroliniana Library’s collection, and the Internet. The custom-edited video examples used in the “Gullah Music” and “Jenkins Orphanage Band” pages were provided by the Moving Image Research Collections and the audio example and its analysis on the “Spirituals and Gospel” page were provided by Dr. Carl Wells and the University of South Carolina Gospel Choir.

New Digital Collection

The Music Library is proud to announce a new digital collection: The Hemrick Nathan Salley Family Sheet Music collection: In collaboration with the Digital Collections department, two bound volumes of 19th- and early 20th-Century sheet music were digitized using the Zeutschel overhead scanner.

These volumes are focused on two areas: popular piano music from the mid 1800s, and songs for piano and voice related to blackface minstrelsy from 1899 to 1902. The mid 1800s volume contains some of the oldest popular sheet music found in the Music Library, while the minstrelsy volume contains songs that closely relate to works found in the Center for Southern African American Music‘s (CSAM) collection.

In addition to hundreds of pieces of popular sheet music, the Hemrick Nathan Salley Family Collection contains phonodisc and cylinder recordings, memorabilia, photographs, books, magazines, and musical instruments from the 1800s to the 1980s.

Guess the collection- ANSWERS!

This image is deeply embedded in one of our most frequently used special collections. Did you guess correctly?
This item comes from our Southern African American Collection. It is a part of the 78 RPM audio archive. If you haven’t listened to some of our audio clips, you’re missing out! These are great historic recordings!