SCHOOL COLLECTION 06-008 OPEN COLLECTION
4 linear feet: 1 chart (8’ x 3’)
shape-note singing chart was purchased by the Center in September 2006 from
Gary W. Ledbetter of
Agency History/biographical sketch:
singing school is a brief course of musical instruction that teaches the
rudiments of note-reading and sight-singing, with a focus on sacred music.
Singing schools began in
Scope and content:
This collection consists of materials pertaining to the singing school tradition and its continued popularity in the South.
shape note singing chart (06-008), is part of this collection. It is 8’ x 3’
hand-painted on canvas. The chart belonged to singing master R. W. Ledbetter of
The singing school chart is located in the Oversize collections area of the storage area.
The Center holds many secondary sources supporting the study of singing schools, searchable in Voyager. Sing With Understanding by Harry Eskew; Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music W. K. McNeil editor; Close Harmony: A History of Southern Gospel by James R. Goff Jr.; The Sound of Light: A History of Gospel and Christian Music by Don Cusic; The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture edited by Charles Reagan Wilson and William Ferris.
Singing school instruction books may be found in the Center’s rarebook collection. Various manuscript collections, such as the T.J. McClung Gibson collection (04-008) and Ruebush-Kieffer Company Corporate Collection (07-010), contain singing school components. All of these categories are searchable in the Center’s InMagic database.
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LPC February 2008