Collection Items

  • Book/Printed Material
    Make His praise glorious for the Sunday school and church Hymnal. print | [253] p. 17 x 13 cm. | Only 2 pages digitized (1 digital image). (Digital Conversion). Print (Form).
    • Contributor: E. O. Excell - Excell, E. O. (Edwin Othello) - Excell, E. O.
    • Date: 1900

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  • Book/Printed Material
    Sacred songs and solos Hymnal. print | unpaged. | Only 2 pages digitized (1 digital image). (Digital Conversion). Print (Form).
    • Contributor: Morgan & Scott Ld. - Sankey, Ira D. - Sankey, Ira David
    • Date: 1877
  • Book/Printed Material
    The Cokesbury hymnal for general use in religious meetings Hymnal. print | 1 v. cm. | Only 1 page digitized. (Digital Conversion). Hymns, with music. Print (Form).
    • Contributor: Cokesbury Press - Todd, Harold Hart
    • Date: 1923
  • Audio Recording
    Amazing grace sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog, stereo. ; 12 in. | Track from the LP "Live at the Apollo." (Source Note). 2 minutes (Extent). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: McA Records - Mighty Clouds of Joy
    • Date: 1972
  • Audio Recording
    At the cross sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog, mono. ; 10 in. | Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, www.sonybmg.com (Copyright). Recorded on December 9, 1930 (Date). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Okeh Records - Carson, Fiddlin' John
    • Date: 1931
  • Audio Recording
    Amazing grace sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog, stereo. ; 12 in. | Track from the LP "Family Circle" (Source Note). 2 minutes (Extent). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Peacock Records - Mighty Clouds of Joy
    • Date: 1972
  • Audio Recording
    New Britain sound recording | 1 sound reel : analog, stereo ; 10 in. x 1/4 in. | Recorded in the Collidge Auditourium, Library of Congrss, Washington, DC (Venue). Recorded on April 25, 1986 (Date). Live concert recording courtesy of The Boston Camerata, Joel Cohen, music director, 775 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 USA. (Copyright Notice). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Boston Camerata
  • Audio Recording
    Amazing grace compact disc | 1 sound disc : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in. | Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, www.sonybmg.com. (Copyright). Released as Columbia CK 48951 (General). Tracks 1-12 were originally issued as "The Great Gospel Voice of Marion Williams" on Epic BN 26175 in 1965 (General). Originally issued on Epic BN 26175 (General). Originally issued in 1965 (Date). Compact Disc (Form). Compact...
    • Contributor: Columbia Records - Williams, Marion
    • Date: 1992

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  • Audio Recording
    Amazing Grace sound recording | 1 sound disc : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in. | Released on Taang! TI 15 (Bibliography). Track 9 from the CD "Hate Your Friends" (Source Note). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Taang! Records - Lemonheads
    • Date: 1992
  • Audio Recording
    Amazing grace (Untitled) / (Unissued) compact disc | 2 sound discs : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in. | Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, www.sonybmg.com. (Copyright). Catalog number Columbia/Legacy C2K 65847 (Source Note). Compact Disc (Form). Compact Disc (Form). Compact Disc (Form).
    • Contributor: Sony Music Entertainment - The Byrds
    • Date: 2000

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  • Audio Recording
    Amazing grace compact disc | 2 sound discs : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in. | Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, www.sonybmg.com. (Copyright). Recorded on March 15, 1971 (Date). Compact Disc (Form). Compact Disc (Form). Compact Disc (Form).
    • Contributor: Rca Victor - Presley, Elvis
    • Date: 1994

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  • Audio Recording
    Amazing grace sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog, mono. ; 12 in. | Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, www.sonybmg.com (Copyright). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Rca Victor - Atkins, Chet
    • Date: 1962

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  • Audio Recording
    Amazing grace 1 sound disc : analog, stereo. ; 12 in. | Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, www.sonybmg.com (Copyright).
    • Contributor: Rca Victor - Davis, Skeeter
    • Date: 1971

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  • Audio Recording
    Amazing grace sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog, stereo. ; 12 in. | Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, www.sonybmg.com. (Copyright). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Rca Victor - Pipes and Drums and Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
    • Date: 1972

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  • Collection
    Amazing Grace This collection highlights the history of the hymn “Amazing Grace” from the earliest printing of the song to selected performances of it on published and field recordings. These items have been collected from several divisions in the Library of Congress, including the Music Division, the American Folklife Center, the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, and the Rare Books Division. Also available here...
    • Date: 1930

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  • Web Page
    Rights and Access - Amazing Grace The Library of Congress is providing access to these materials for educational and research purposes and makes no warranty with regard to their use for other purposes. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or other rights holders (such as holders of publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or...
  • Article
    The Early Life of "Amazing Grace" - Amazing Grace Essays decribing the creation, dissemination, and early sound recording of Amazing Grace. Also includes an article descibing "Shape Note Singing" and Amazing Grace.
  • Article
    Timeline - Amazing Grace 1779 Olney Hymns in Three Books This hymnal contains the first printing of "Amazing Grace." The song is numbered "hymn 41" and begins at the bottom of page 53. Olney Hymns was written by the author of "Amazing Grace," John Newton, rector of a parish in Olney, England, and William Cowper, a poet and close friend of Newton's. The profits from the hymnal went...
  • Book/Printed Material
    [ Okeh Race Records Form No. 2566] 12p., 7 in. x 5 in. | This catalog lists Tomlin's version of "Amazing Grace" on page 7. (Content).
    • Contributor: Okeh Phonograph Corporation
    • Date: 1930

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  • Article
    The Creation of "Amazing Grace" Article. Article. Arguably the best-known Christian hymn is "Amazing Grace." Its text, a poem penned in 1772 by John Newton, describes the joy and peace of a soul uplifted from despair to salvation through the gift of grace. Newton's words are also a vivid autobiographical commentary on how he was spared from both physical and spiritual ruin. It relates the happy ending of the...
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    The Dissemination of "Amazing Grace" Article. Article. John Newton wrote the words to "Amazing Grace" in 1772. It was not for another 60 years that the text was wed to the tune to which it is sung today.
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    "Amazing Grace" and Shape-Note Singing Article. Article. One way that "Amazing Grace" was disseminated in 19th-century America was shape-note hymnals. The principle behind writing music in this unique, non-traditional notation was pedagogical, as was the English fasola technique. Fasola taught students to identify pitches by names: fa-sol-la. Shape notation, however, is different: each pitch, as the name implies, has a specific shape. For instance, fa is triangular, sol is...
  • Article
    Early Sound Recordings of "Amazing Grace" in the LC Collections Article. Article. Although the birth of sound recording can be dated to 1877 when Thomas Edison made a tinfoil recording of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on his prototype machine, "Amazing Grace" was not recorded until 1922. This fact is hardly surprising given the typical penchant of record companies to record marches, standard popular tunes, classical music, and comedic songs and sketches in the...
  • Audio Recording
    Amazing grace sound recording | from mp3 (Source Note). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Ur2kam - Leppoja, Markus - Loite, Mart - Breede, Simo - Breede, Tanel
    • Date: 2001
  • Audio Recording
    Amazing grace sound recording | from mp3 source (Source Note). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Indiana University of Pennsylvania Marching Band
    • Date: 2001
  • Notated Music
    Amazing Grace manuscript score | 14p., 11 in. x 17 in. | Arrangement of Amazing Gracce courtesy of Hale Smith, c/o Halsco Music, 225 Pine Street, Freeport, NY 11520. (Copyright Notice). Arrangement of Amazing Gracce courtesy of Hale Smith, c/o Halsco Music, 225 Pine Street, Freeport, NY 11520. (Copyright Notice). Manuscript Score (Form). Manuscript Score (Form).
    • Contributor: Smith, Hale
    • Date: 1977

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