Submitted by Andy Carter, ATLA Digital Projects Manager
Baylor University has digitized over eight thousand recordings made by Black gospel groups and made twelve hundred of them available for listening by the public. They intend to cover the “Golden Age of Gospel” and describe their scope accordingly:
“The purpose of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project (BGMRP) is to identify, acquire, preserve, record and catalogue the most at-risk music from the black gospel music tradition. This collection will primarily contain 78s, 45s, LPs, and the various tape formats issued in the United States and abroad between the 1940s and the 1980s.”
You can stream (but not download) these recordings on their website. Some recordings are not publicly accessible due to copyright but can be used by students and researchers on campus. A selected group of recordings from the BGMRP can also be found in the recently opened National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC.
The publicly available recordings are accompanied by images of the record jacket and disc from which they were digitized. There is also information about the specific performers, composers, producers, and publishers involved in each record.