Update on Copyright and the Collection

As a result of the preservation work of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, these recordings are presented here free for personal, non-commercial use as a contribution to education and scholarship. Baylor University does not own the rights in this collection and therefore cannot grant or deny permission to distribute material in this collection. It is the user’s obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing music from the BGMRP.

If you have any more information about the music available from the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, or if you are the copyright owner and believe this collection has not properly attributed your work to you or has used it without permission, we want to hear from you. Please use the BGMRP Interest/Comment form to get in contact with the project staff, including your contact information and a link to the relevant content.

Preserving America’s Black Gospel Heritage

On February 19th, 2009, Bob Marovich, Amanda Harlan, and Tony Tadey represented Baylor University’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at the Music Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Bob Marovich (gospel historian) presented on gospel music in Chicago during the Golden Age of Gospel (1940s-1970s) and how the project at Baylor University is so important from a private collector’s standpoint. Amanda Harlan (metadata & catalog librarian) presented on the history of how this project got started, what metadata standards are being used, how to describe an album once digitized, and other technical procedures involving metadata transformation for the gospel project. Tony Tadey (audio specialist) presented on the creation of the digitization workflow for audio and image files using student workers, the basics of what type of equipment and software is being used for audio digitization, and what standards are being followed in terms of audio digitization. Below is a link to our PowerPoint. We would love to hear any feedback or comments anyone has concerning the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project here at Baylor University.

Link to presentation: Preserving America’s Black Gospel Heritage

I think we all have our ministries, but gospel music is such a compelling ministry, because souls don’t come in cultures — Lea Gilmore


Engineer’s Update for 6-19-2008

We are well into lot 34, a lot which contains 50 7-inch discs.  Most of the collection seems to be of 45s from the Chicago area and the greater mid-west. So far, for me some of the highlights include recordings by the Wind City Four and The Flying Clouds.
Please stay tuned for further updates.