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William H. Tallmadge Baptist Hymnody Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BCA 0035 SAA 033

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.

Listen to interviews with William Tallmadge and singers


  • created: 1968-1980


Conditions Governing Access

Records and photographs can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

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.

Arrangement Note

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

Processing Information

The finding aid was updated in January 2016; updated March 2020.

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Repository Details

Part of the Berea College Special Collections and Archives Repository

Hutchins Library
100 Campus Drive
Berea Kentucky 40404 US