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William H. Tallmadge Baptist Hymnody Collection, Papers and Sound Recordings
Berea College Special CollectionsBerea, Kentucky 40404
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[Identification of item], William H. Tallmadge Baptist Hymnody Collection, Papers and Sound Recordings, 33, 1968-1980,Special Collections, Berea College, Berea, Ky.
9.6 Linear Feet; 3 Cubic Foot Boxes, 12 Manuscript Boxes, 3 Oversize Boxes
Tallmadge, a music professor at Berea College since 1976, received degrees in music at Oberlin College (B.M., 1940; M.M., 1946). His research in the area of Baptist hymnody led to publication of an article in the YEARBOOK FOR INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL RESEARCH in 1977 entitled, "Baptist Monophonic and Heterophonic Hymnody in Southern Appalachia".
These are correspondence, notes, church association minutes, hymnbooks, sound recordings, and photographs compiled by William H. Tallmadge in the process of his study of Old Regular, Primitive, and United Baptist hymnody in eastern Kentucky, western North Carolina, and western Virginia during the 1960s and 1970s.
Tallmadge earned degrees in Music at Oberlin College (Ohio), in 1940 (B.M.) and 1946 (M.M.). From 1949-1976 he was on the faculty of State University College in Buffalo, New York, where his research and teaching concentrated on both Anglo and African American popular musical genres. He continued this non-classical focus at Berea (1976-1984) with course work on the history of Jazz and its relation to newer musical trends such as Rock, Soul, and Disco. Articles published as a result of his hymnody research include "Baptist Mono-phonic and Heterophonic Hymnody in the Southern Appalachians," Yearbook for International Musical Research (1977), and "Folk Organum: A Study of Origins," American Music (1984) 2(3): 47-65.
The largest portion of this series consists of 153 mostly reel-to-reel sound recordings of hymn singing, preaching, and interviews with church members and pastors. There are accompanying notebooks with notations for each tape that include hymn titles, comments on song origins, and descriptions of singers, pastors, worship styles, songbooks, church buildings and homes. There are listening cassette copies for each of the reels and the contents are searchable via an in-house database. There are also several published hymnbooks and a photocopy of a notebook of song texts collected by a Pentecostal singer-informant.
This series includes published minutes of various Regular, Primitive, and United Baptist associations, 1958-1976. This material provides much quantitative information about church membership and activities, as well as formal statements of faith and practice.
This series includes sound recordings of a 1971 Independence, Virginia, fiddler's convention with related notes on tunes, word origins, and relationship to hymnody. Also included are related notes and sound recording of a 1970 "hollering contest" in Spivey's Corner, North Carolina.
This series contains correspondence on a variety of topics including Tallmadge's initial study efforts in Kentucky (1969-1970), Baptist Hymnody (1970-1977), Singers (1970-1979), Dictionary of Baptist Hymnody (1976-1979), and lining hymnody in black churches (1979).
This series includes published and unpublished materials that Tallmadge referenced in the course of his research and copies of his articles on hymnody and related subjects.
This series includes photographs and slides of people, places, and events that Tallmadge encountered in his research. Most are of church members and buildings in Breathitt, Knott, Perry, and Letcher counties in Kentucky. Additionally, there are photographs from a 1968 Black gospel singing event in Ozark, Alabama, and a 1971 fiddlers' convention in Independence, Virginia.
This series includes one copy of Cape Breton's Magazine (n.d.), several copies of Baptist Witness from the 1950s and 1960s, and a card index file of hymns Tallmadge collected.
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