William H. Tallmadge Baptist Hymnody Collection
Scope and Contents
This collection is comprised of 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.
- Created: 1968-1980
- Tallmadge, William H. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Records and photographs can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College. A select number of materials from this collection can be found online at: https://berea.access.preservica.com/uncategorized/collection_7271300f-28f7-4e95-9481-f7c92a94c570/
Conditions Governing Use
Interviewees retain literary rights. Permission is granted to copy manuscripts, tapes, and transcripts of tapes solely for the purpose of private research; however no copied materials may be placed in another repository, nor may copied tapes be aired publicly. Federal copyright regulations apply.
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Language of Materials
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 Stucy of Origins,” American Music (1984) 2(3): 47-65.
The collection is arranged in series as follows:
Series 1: Hymnody
Series 2: Baptist Association Minutes
Series 3: Fiddler's Convention
Series 4: Correspondence
Series 5: Subject Files
Series 6: Photographs / Slides
Series 7: Miscellaneous Publications and Material (Oversize)
Series 8: Digitization Logs and Box Label Contents for Reel-to-Reel Tapes
Other Descriptive Information
Select materials from this collection have been digitized and are located here:
Collection number: BCA 0035 SAA 033
The finding aid was updated in January 2016; updated March 2020.
- African Americans -- Music -- History and criticism.
- Appalachian Region, Southern -- Religious life and customs.
- Baptists -- Hymns.
- Church music -- Appalachian Region.
- Folk music -- Appalachian Region -- History and criticism.
- Gospel music.
- Old Regular Baptists -- Appalachian Region -- History.
- Old Regular Baptists -- Hymns.
- Old Regular Baptists--Kentucky--Hymns.
- Regular Baptists.
- Spirituals (Songs).
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