Patricia Turner Collection (SC 146)

Collection Number

SC 146

Abstract

Research materials and recordings collected by Turner for her two groundbreaking discographies Afro-American Singers: An Index and Preliminary Discography of Long-Playing Recordings of Opera, Choral Music, and Song (1977) and the Dictionary of Afro-American Performers: 78 rpm and Cylinder Recordings of Opera, Choral Music, and Songs, c. 1900-1949 (1990). Includes 78 rpm records, cylinder recordings and sheet music, many documenting the works of early Black composers, as well as interpretations of their music by white artists. Though primarily focused on classical vocal music and musical theater, recordings also include performances by jubilee and gospel quartet groups, blues, rhythm and blues, and jazz musicians. Research files include 5 boxes of programs, clippings and photographs of Black artists and composers.