Archives Collection

COLLECTION                                                89-098

Physical description:

1.0 l.f. including
5 analog cassette tapes (TCA-0072A/E)
3 digital audio cassette tapes (TCD-0072A/C)
3 1/2" video cassette tapes (VCH-0072A/C)
78 black and white photographs, 56 negatives


1986. 1988. 1990.


The four analog field recordings (TCA-0072A/E) were made by Center audio archivist Bruce Nemerov, September 1988; the digital master tapes (TCD-0072A/C) and analog cassette reference copies thereof were made in the Center lab from the field recordings at a later date. The fifth analog cassette tape (TCA-0072E) and all three video cassette tapes were made from originals lent for copying by H.J. Jackson of Ozark, AL. The photographs were made by James Bryan in September 1988.

Scope and content:

This collection consists of two series of material related to and documenting the black sacred harp singing convention held in Dozier, Alabama, and currently led by H. J. Jackson, son of Judge Jackson, author of The Colored Sacred Harp.

Series I consists of analog audio cassette field recordings (TCA-0072A-D) of the sing held 24-25 September 1988 and interviews with participants made by Center audio archivist Bruce Nemerov; photographs of the sing made by James Bryan; and digital audio cassette tapes of the music (TCD-0072A-B) and interviews (TCD-0072C) in the field recordings made by Nemerov in the Center lab at a later date. Logs of the songs performed and of the persons interviewed and subjects of discussion on this second set of tapes follow.

Series II consists of material lent for copying by H.J. Jackson, including an audio cassette tape (TCA-0072E) of an interview with/performance by Jackson and the sacred harp singers by WOOF-AM (Dothan, AL), 18 September 1988; a video cassette tape (VCH-0072A) of the Jackson Memorial Sing in April 1986; a video cassette tape (VCH-0072B) of an interview with/performance by Jackson and the singers on "Focus", a program produced by WSFA-TV (Montgomery, AL) in April 1986; and a video cassette tape (VCH-0072C) of a program "Fa-so-la: The Sounds of Faith", produced by the University of Alabama TV Services and aired in March 1990 which includes a sing held at a church in Ozark AL and the dedication of a monument to Judge Jackson following a sing.


Audio visual materials are filed by tape number in the audio visual archives. The photographs are filed under "Black Music" in the subject photograph file.

Related materials:

Reference-use analog audio cassette tapes of the digital tapes are filed with commercial audio tapes.

Copies of The Colored Sacred Harp by J. Jackson and of B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Revision, received with these materials were transferred to the librarian and are filed with general collection scores.