Black Gospel Music Restoration Project (BGMRP)

Purpose of the Project

The purpose of this project is to identify, acquire, preserve, record and catalogue the most at-risk music from the black gospel music tradition. This collection will primarily contain 78s, 45s, LPs, and the various tape formats issued in the United States and abroad between the 1940s and the 1980s. Additionally, any ephemera that may be of use to scholars; including PR photos and press packets, taped interviews, informal photographs, tour books and programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, and sheet music; will also be acquired as it becomes available. The ultimate goal is to have a copy of every song released by every black gospel artist or group during that time period.


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History of the Project
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Copyright information
As a result of the preservation work of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, these recordings are presented here free of charge for personal, non-commercial use as a contribution to education and scholarship. Baylor University does not own the rights to any materials in this collection and therefore cannot grant or deny permission to distribute project materials. 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 BGMRP, 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.

Photos of Sound Isolation Booth
Photos of the installation of the Wenger sound isolation booth, installed in the Ray I. Riley Digitization Center in February 2007. The booth contains the equipment used to digitize the materials in this collection.

Loaning or Donating Materials
Information on how you can loan or donate materials to the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project.


Contact Information

Get In Touch With Us
Have questions? Do you have materials that might fit in the collection? Would you like to support the project financially? Please email us at [email protected].

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Mailing Address:
Black Gospel Music Restoration Project
ATTN: Eric Ames
Baylor University Libraries
1312 S 3rd Street
Waco, TX 76706

Email: [email protected]