Finding Aids to Collections Organized by Topic in the Archive of Folk Culture
PRINCIPAL COLLECTIONS OF FIELD RECORDINGS
IN THE ARCHIVE OF
FOLK CULTURE WHICH CONTAIN NEGRO SPIRITUALS
Compiled by: Archive of Folk Culture Staff
Editor: Archive of Folk Culture Staff
Publication Date: December 1970
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materials and photographic materials.
Please refer to the AFC and/or AFS numbers when requesting information.
All indications of time duration listed in this finding aid are estimates.
Robert W. Gordon cylinder collection. Includes Negro religious songs recorded
in Georgia in the late 1920s.
AFS 1-286; 309-535; 663-743; 829-876; 878-944; 1001-1054; 1299-1339;
2589-2728; 3942-4087: One thousand and eighty-nine recordings of
folk music from southern states, made by John A. and Alan Lomax 1933-1940.
Includes Negro religious songs from Virginia, North and South Carolina,
Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, and
AFS 2735-3153: Four hundred and nineteen disc recordings of folklore
from southern states made by Herbert Halpert in 1939. Includes Negro religious
songs from Mississippi.
AFS 4706-4708: Three disc recordings made ca. 1940 by John Rosser,
Jr., at College Station, Texas, of the singing of two Negro gospel groups.
AFS 4709-4731: Twenty-three disc recordings made in 1941 in Maryland
and Delaware by Jerome Weisner, Joseph Liss, and Glenn Gildersleeve, including
Negro religious songs.
AFS 4757-4786; 5147-5167; 6604-6673; 6678-6690; 6734-6740: One
hundred and forty-one disc recordings made in cooperation with Fisk University
of Negro religious and secular folklore in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama,
and Georgia. Recorded 1939-1942 by Alan Lomax, John Work, and Lewis Jones.
AFS 5035-5098: Sixty-four disc recordings of Negro secular and
religious music made in 1941 in Alabama by Robert Sonkin.
AFS 5168-5214; 5436-5510: One hundred and twenty-two disc recordings
of Negro religious services made in 1941 in Texas by John Henry Faulk.
AFS 5586-5592: Seven disc recordings of a Negro Baptist church
service made ca. 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee, by John Vincent.
AFS 6178: Disc recordings of Negro spirituals made in 1945 in Philadelphia
by Laura E. Ross.
AFS 6986-6993; 7039-7053: Twenty-three disc recordings of Negro
folk music made 1943 in Georgia by Willis L. James and Lewis Jones.
AFS 7057-7059; 7600-7601: Five disc recordings of David Prior of
the Bahamas made 1943 and 1944 in Washington, D.C., by B.A. Botkin.
AFS 8222-8321: One hundred disc recordings of Negro folk music
and narrative made in late 1930s and early 1940s in Virginia by Roscoe
Lewis of Hampton Institute.
AFS 8968: One disc recording of Willie Wilkerson of North Carolina,
made 1947 in Washington, D.C.
AFS 9988-9997: Ten 7-inch reels tape of Negro religious services
and songs made 1950 in North Carolina by Cyrus B. Koonce.
AFS 10,081: One 10-inch reel tape of a Negro church service made
ca. 1950 in North Carolina by Nelson S. Barker.
AFS 10,749; 10,757-10,762: Seven 7-inch reels tape of Negro prison
songs recorded 1951 in Texas by Pete Seeger and John Lomax, Jr.
AFS 10,899; 11,303-304: Three 10-inch reels tape of Negro religious
songs and services recorded mid-1950s in South Carolina by Penn Community
AFS 11,306: One 10-inch reel of Pennsylvania folklore recorded
1956 by Frank Hoffmann. Includes Negro religious songs recorded at a migrant
AFS 11,330-332: Three 10-inch reels tape of Southern Ohio folklore
recorded mid 1950s by Bruce Buckley and John Ball. Includes Negro religious
AFS 11,475: One 10-inch reel tape of Gullah tales, Negro spirituals,
and street cries from South Carolina, from material loaned by Harold S.
Reeves and Russell Wood.
AFS 12,027-12,029: Three 10-inch reels tape of Mississippi John
Hurt, recorded 1963 in Washington, D.C., by Joseph C. Hickerson and Richard
AFS 12,032: One 10-inch reel tape of Negro religious songs sung
by Rev. Robert Wilkins of Memphis, Tennessee. Recorded 1964 in Washington,
D.C., by Joseph C. Hickerson and Richard K. Spottswood.
AFS 12,296; 12,319: Two reels tape of Negro religious songs sung
by Maggie F. Gomillion of South Carolina. Recorded 1964 and 1965 in Silver
Spring, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., by Mrs. Samuel H. Horne and Mrs.
AFS 12,318; 13,042-13,047: Seven reels tape of Negro religious
and secular folklore recorded 1964-1966 in Texas prisons by Bruce Jackson.
AFS 12,346-12,349: Four disc recordings of a 1936 WEAF broadcast
featuring the Society for the Preservation of the Negro Spiritual of Charleston,
AFS 12,575-12,596: Twenty-two 7-inch reels tape of Louisiana, Mississippi,
and Iowa folklore recorded 1957-1966 by Harry Oster. Includes Negro religious
songs and services from Louisiana and Mississippi.
AFS 14,079-14,082: Four 10-inch reels tape of Tennessee church
services recorded 1968-1969 by Eleanor Dickinson. Includes some Negro services
AFS 14,083-14,086: Four 10-inch reels tape of North and South Carolina
folklore recorded 1949 by B.A. Botkin. Includes Negro church services and
songs recorded from radio broadcasts.
AFS 14,169: One 7-inch reel tape of Negro folksinger Mable Hillary
at Brunswick, Georgia, 1968. Gift of Kirby Rogers.
AFS 14,204-14,216: Thirteen 10-inch reels tape from the unissued
collections of Folk Legacy Records, Inc., Sharon, Connecticut. Includes
Negro religious songs recorded in North Carolina 1962-1963 by Sandy Paton,
Lee B. Haggerty, and Henry Felt.
AFS 14,234-14,240: Seven 10-inch reels tape. Negro folktales and
church services recorded in Rappahannock County, Virginia, 1969-1970, by
AFS 14,292-14,297: Six 10-inch reels tape. North Carolina folk
music recorded by Alan Jabbour 1966-1968, including Negro church services.