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Jubilee Songs and Plantation Melodies Sheet Music

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2928

  • Staff Only

This collection consists of several loose pages of sheet music from Jubilee Songs and Plantation Melodies.

Dates

  • 1884

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of several loose pages of sheet music from Jubilee Songs and Plantation Melodies.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Jubilee Singers established themselves in 1871 to tour America, raising money for their school Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. It began as a nine-member ensemble, directed by George White, the university treasurer. The group popularized African American spirituals which also helped to preserve these songs. After three years of touring America and Europe, including a performance for Queen Victoria of Britain, the group earned over $50,000, which allowed Fisk to pay off debts, to buy a new campus in Nashville, Tenn., and to build its first permanent structure, Jubilee Hall. The building still displays a floor to ceiling portrait of the singers, in memory of their efforts of furthering the education of the students.

Arrangement

This collection consists of one folder.

Acquisition Note

The University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections purchased this collection on September 25, 2006.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480