National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM)

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Scope Note: https://lccn.loc.gov/n2023010536 The National Museum of African American Music is a museum in Nashville, Tennessee. The museum showcases the musical genres inspired, created, or influenced by African-Americans.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

André LeRoy Davis Hip Hop Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.1071
Abstract

The André LeRoy Davis Hip Hop Collection features eight fine art prints featuring illustrations from the artist. Six of the illustrations were published in the Source between 1994 and 2003 in Davis’ editorial column “The Last Word.” The illustrations address issues of politics, culture, and justice through the lens of hip hop and show why Davis is considered the father of hip hop comics.

Dates: 1994 - 2016

Carl Van Vechten Photographic Portrait Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.1061
Abstract The Carl Van Vechten Photographic Portrait Collection (1933-1955) consists of 33 black and white photographs of notable African American musicians and performers of the day. The subjects of the portraits cut across genres of opera, musical theatre, jazz, folk, and popular song. The collection includes Marian Anderson (sontralto), (Pearl Bailey (jazz and popular singer), Harry Belafonte (popular singer and actor), Margaret Bonds (classical composer), Carol Brice (contralto), Cab Calloway...
Dates: 1933 - 1963

Dom Flemons American Songster Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.1062
Scope and Contents The Dom Flemons American Songster Collection (110 linear feet) consists of audio recordings, materials related to the creation of the album Black Cowboys, reference materials, drafts and liner notes, correspondence, ephemera and tour materials, press and promotional materials, photographs, folk art and fan art, garments, artifacts, framed items, posters, books, digital files (not yet available) and musical instruments. The collection is arranged in thirteen series. It covers the years of...
Dates: circa 1920 - 2022

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.1000
Abstract The John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie Collection comprises materials related to the life and professional journey of the renowned jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader, Dizzy Gillespie. Predominant among these artifacts is a substantial collection of photographs, spanning from the 1930s to the early 2000s, with the major portion dating from the 1950s to the 1990s. These photographs not only provide a comprehensive visual chronicle of Gillespie’s personal life and musical career but also serve...
Dates: circa 1940s-2003

Janet Jackson Memorabilia Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.1023
Abstract

This collection contains two black coats made for Janet Jackson's 1990 Rhythm Nation Tour. One coat was worn by Jackson during the opening sequence of the tour while performing "Control" and "Nasty." The other coat is a similar, second version of the first coat.

Dates: 1990; 2021

Yusef A. Lateef Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.1034
Abstract The Yusef A. Lateef Collection consists of scores, correspondence, promotional materials, audio recordings, photographs, and other documents of the composer's life and creative works. The bulk of the materials are related to Lateef's work as a composer, musician and teacher. Most of the recordings in the collection are digitized and available through Vanderbilt's Aviary platform. Among the recordings and printed materials are documents from his fieldwork in Nigeria. Lateef was born in...
Dates: 1950s-2010s

Rissi Palmer Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.1026
Abstract

This collection contains songwriting notebooks, photographs, CDs, and outfits from African-American country music artist Rissi Palmer. The notebooks in particular document the majority of Palmer's songwriting career.

Dates: 1995 - 2019

Otha Turner Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.1051
Abstract The Otha Turner collection includes audiovisual recordings, musical instruments, and other materials documenting the life and artistry of Othar (Otha) Turner (1907-2003). A master of the fife and drum tradition from northern Mississippi, Turner was a farmer in Gravel Springs, Mississippi. He performed fife and drum music at goat barbeques, held annually around Labor Day, for family and community members. A few of these performances were recorded and are included in the collection. Later in...
Dates: 1970 - 2007

 

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