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Virginia Blues Cover
Image from the cover of “Virginia Blues,” found in the Southern African American Music Collection. CSAM 32

The Southern African American Music Collection is associated with the Center for Southern African-American Music (CSAM) and is located in the University of South Carolina Music Library. The topics chosen for this exhibit represent subjects that are prominent within this collection, which includes 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.

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. Video examples 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. For more information about this exhibit or the Southern African American Music Collection please contact the Music Library.