Collection Items

  • Audio Recording
    Deep Down in My Heart sound recording | 1 cylinder | Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). March 19, 1926. (Date). This song was published on the Library of Congress long playing record, "Folk-Songs of America: The Robert Winslow Gordon Collection," in 1978, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Archive of Folk Culture. (Source Note). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winslow - Givens, W. M.
    • Date: 1978
  • Audio Recording
    Come by Here sound recording | 1 sound recording | Recorded in May 1936. (Date). Recorded in Raiford, Florida. (Venue). Forms part of the John A. Lomax Southern States Collection, 1933-1937. (Source). The chorus singing with Ethel Best is unidentified. (Content). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Best, Ethel - Lomax, John A. (John Avery)
  • Audio Recording
    Fare Ye Well
    In That Great Getting Up Morning
    Spiritual sung by the Metropolitan Community Church Choir, performing at the National Folk Festival in Chicago, Illinois, 1937. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell. Collector's number 150. sound recording | 1 reel. | Resettlement Administration Recordings Collection. (Date). May, 1937. (Date). Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell at The National Folk Festival in Chicago. (Venue). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Metropolitan Community Church Choir - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
  • Audio Recording
    God moves on the water sound recording | 1 sound recording | Forms part of the John A. Lomax Southern States Collection, 1933-1937. (Source). Recorded in December 1933. (Date). Recorded at Darrington State Prison, Sandy Point, Texas. (Venue). Performed by Lightnin' Washington and a group of convicts. (General). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Washington, Lightnin - Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Alan
  • Audio Recording
    Jesus is My Only Friend sound recording | 1 cylinder | Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). April 10, 1926 (Date). Spoken at the end of this recording: sung by Bessie Shaw, Oakhill, Georgia, April the tenth, Nineteen twenty-six. (Content). Some verses on the original cylinder were not duplicated due to poor sound quality. (Content). This song was published on the Library of Congress long playing record, "Folk-Songs of ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winslow - Shaw, Bessie
    • Date: 1978
  • Audio Recording
    Ol' Man Satan
    Drive Ol' Satan Away
    sound recording | 2 cylinder recordings | Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). April 12, 1926. (Date). According to Gordon, "This song was a favorite with Amelia, a slave brought to this country prior to 1800 from the island of Madagascar. She taught it to her grand-daughter, Violet, and she in turn taught it to her granddaughter, Mary, from whom I obtained it. Amelia ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winslow - Mann, Mary C.
    • Date: 1978
  • Audio Recording
    Come by Here
    Kumbayah
    sound recording | 1 sound recording | Cylinder recording. Some scratchy sounds. (Source Note). Forms part of the Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Recordings Collection. (Source). Recorded in 1926. (Date). This is the first known recording of "Come by Here," a song that came to be known as "Kumbayah." (Content). Sung in "Gullah," or Sea Islands Creole Dialect. (Content). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Gordon, Robert Winslow - Wylie, H.
  • Audio Recording
    Jesus Leads Me All the Way Gullah spiritual (ring shout) sung by Reverend Goodwin and the Zion Methodist Church congregation. Recorded by Henrietta Yurchenco in John’s Island, South Carolina, March 29, 1970. Henrietta Yurchenco / John’s Island Collection. sound recording | 1 reel. | Henrietta Yurchenco / John's Island Collection (Source). March 29, 1970. (Date). Recorded by Henrietta Yurchenco in John's Island, South Carolina. Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Yurchenco, Henrietta - Goodwin - Choir of the Zion Methodist Church
    • Date: 1970
  • Notated Music
    Two Negro spirituals
    Negro spirituals | 2 Negro spirituals
    vocal score | 1 score (8 p.) ; 27 cm. | arr. by H.T. Burleigh. (Statement Of Responsibility). For chorus (SATBB, 1st work), (SATTBB, 2nd work) ; piano acc. included for rehearsal only. acquire 2 shelf copies [policy default] (Selection Decision). Vocal Score (Form). Print (Form).
    • Contributor: G. Schirmer - Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker)
    • Date: 1913

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  • Article
    African American Spirituals Freedom songs based on spirituals have also helped to define struggles for democracy in many other countries around the world including Russia, Eastern Europe, China and South Africa. Some of today's well-known pop artists continue to draw on the spirituals tradition in the creation of new protest songs. Examples include Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" and Billy Bragg's "Sing their souls back home."
  • Audio Recording
    A Spiritual Brother Song
    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Morris, Alton Chester - Alvanos, Nick, Mrs
    • Date: 1939-08-26
  • Audio Recording
    A Spiritual Brother Song Explanation
    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Morris, Alton Chester - Alvanos, Nick, Mrs
    • Date: 1939-08-26
  • Notated Music
    Bandana sketches: four Negro spirituals Instrumental parts | 74 p., 12 1/4 x 9 in. | Chant (Nobody knows de trouble I've seen)--Lament (I'm troubled in mind)--Slave song (Many thousand gone)--Negro dance (Sometimes I feel like a motherless child). (Content). Copyright MCMXXII by Carl Fischer, New York (Copyright). Printed in United States Military Band Journal No. 277 Instrumental Parts (Form).
    • Contributor: Carl Fischer - White, Clarence Cameron - Lake, M.L.
    • Date: 1922

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  • Notated Music
    Weepin' Mary chorus women's voices : Negro spiritual vocal score | 1 score (5 p.) ; 27 cm. | harmonization by H.T. Burleigh ; arranged by N. Clifford Page. (Statement Of Responsibility). For chorus (SSA) with piano. Caption title. acquire 2 shelf copies [policy default] (Selection Decision). Vocal Score (Form). Print (Form).
    • Contributor: G. Ricordi - Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker) - Page, N. Clifford (Nathaniel Clifford) - Burleigh, H. T.
    • Date: 1917

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  • Audio Recording
    Good news
    Old Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:27 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 8/31/1914 session as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Date: 1914-08-31
  • Audio Recording
    Deep river
    Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious, Classical Music. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:04 | Vocal (Category). Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra (Description). This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of the recording ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Marian Anderson - Rosario Bourdon - H. T. Burleigh
    • Date: 1923-12-10
  • Audio Recording
    My way's cloudy
    Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious, Classical Music. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:50 | Vocal (Category). Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra (Description). This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of the recording ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Marian Anderson - Rosario Bourdon - H. T. Burleigh
    • Date: 1923-12-10
  • Audio Recording
    Steal away
    Old Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:23 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 8/31/1914 and 9/20/1915 sessions as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. For takes 4-5, the singers are listed as a quintet in Victor ledgers. Disc label shows double quartet. Digitized at the Library ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Date: 1916-02-14
  • Notated Music
    Swing low, sweet chariot chorus for mixed voices : Negro spiritual vocal score | 1 score (7 p.) ; 27 cm. | harmonization by H.T. Burleigh ; arranged by N. Clifford Page. (Statement Of Responsibility). For chorus (SATB) with piano. Caption title. LC copy damaged. acquire 2 shelf copies [policy default] (Selection Decision). Vocal Score (Form). Print (Form).
    • Contributor: G. Ricordi - Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker) - Page, N. Clifford (Nathaniel Clifford) - Burleigh, H. T.
    • Date: 1920

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  • Notated Music
    Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Negro spiritual vocal score | 1 score (5 p.) ; 27 cm. | arr. for women's voices by H.T. Burleigh. (Statement Of Responsibility). For chorus (SSA) with piano. Caption title. acquire 2 shelf copies [policy default] (Selection Decision). Vocal Score (Form). Print (Form).
    • Contributor: G. Ricordi - Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker) - Burleigh, H. T.
    • Date: 1919

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  • Audio Recording
    Go down Moses
    Old Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:30 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 8/31/1914 and 9/20/1915 sessions as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Date: 1914-08-31
  • Audio Recording
    Live a-humble
    Old Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:53 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 8/31/1914 session as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Date: 1914-08-31
  • Audio Recording
    Heav'n, Heav'n
    Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious, Ethnic Music. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:42 | Vocal (Category). Contralto vocal solo, with harp and orchestra (Description). This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Marian Anderson - Charles Adams Prince - Francis J. Lapitino - H. T. Burleigh
    • Date: 1924-05-20
  • Audio Recording
    My Lord, what a mornin'
    Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    Religious, Ethnic Music. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:03 | Vocal (Category). Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra (Description). This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of the recording ...
    • Contributor: Victor - Marian Anderson - Bruno Reibold - H. T. Burleigh
    • Date: 1924-12-23