Mellonee V. Burnim Collection, 1861-1996, bulk 1976-1996

Collection Number

SC 7


Burnim, Mellonee V. (Mellonee Victoria), 1950-


The collection includes Burnim's dissertation research on African American religious music conducted primarily in Indiana between 1976-1979 with an emphasis on gospel music performance and practice; and post-dissertation research on African and African American religious music conducted between 1980-1996 in the U.S., Cuba, Liberia, and Malawi. Also included is documentation of the 1984 Smithsonian American Folklife Festival and gospel sheet music. The collection was primarily recorded on analog audio formats and includes audiocassettes, open reel tapes, videocassettes, open reel video, slides, sheet music, song texts, and additional documentation.


145 audiocassettes (approximately 135 hours) : analog, stereo + 6 videotape reels, 9 videocassettes (VHS), 8 audiotape reels (6 hours, 3 minutes), 33 slides, sheet music and song texts, and 3 binders of documentation

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