Monthly Archives: March 2009

(Digital Collections) 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