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The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project | Royce-Darden Collection

About this collection

The purpose of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project (BGMRP) 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 the target time period.

Note regarding audio players in Web browsers: Please make sure you are using the latest version of either Firefox or Chrome to access the audio in this collection. Safari and Internet Explorer 11+ are experiencing intermittent difficulties with their audio players at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience and are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Accessing the Collection's Audio

Due to copyright restrictions, some audio from this collection is only available to users on the campus of Baylor University and to those with university-issued credentials. If you would like to request access to the full collection and are not a current Baylor University student, staff or faculty member, email us at


Click here for off-campus access via Bear ID and password, or university-issued credentials


If you have questions regarding off-campus access to this collection using your BearID and password (or an assigned username and password from our administrator), please contact or visit our User Help page for more information.


Mac Users: There is a known bug preventing Safari users from accessing audio in this collection. Please use Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer to access audio at this time. We are working with our vendor to resolve this problem in a timely fashion, and we apologize for any inconvenience.


Publicly Accessible Audio

A number of items from the Project are believed to be classified as works in the public domain or are of a copyright status that is inconclusive following extensive research. The full audio for these items has been made freely available to users around the world.


Click here to access items - including complete audio - from the collection that are believed to be in the public domain or otherwise publicly available.


Download Songs from the Project on iTunesU

We have made selections from the Project available via Baylor University's iTunesU account! Click the link below to access them.


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NOTE: All items in the collection have publicly viewable metadata - i.e., artist, song titles, recording studio, etc. - that are viewable by all users, on or off-campus.


Learn More


To learn more about the BGMRP, please visit the project homepage. You'll find information on the project's history, how to loan/donate materials, and how to support the project financially.


Copyright Information

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


Activity Note

This collection is considered an active collection. Items will be added periodically as they are acquired by Baylor University and processed through the Digital Projects Group.



A Note of Thanks

A close collaborator and early supporter of this project is Chicago-based collector and scholar Robert Marovich. Baylor University is deeply appreciative and thankful for Mr. Marovich's invaluable assistance by granting access to his extensive collection of American black gospel music recordings for use in the BGMRP. Click here to view the items added to the BGMRP from materials loaned by Mr. Marovich.

 Contact Information


Interest/Comment Form
Have questions? Do you have materials that might fit in the collection? Would you like to support the project? Use the BGMRP Interest/Comment form to get in contact with the project staff.


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


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Using This Resource In Your Research?

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Google Map of BGMRP-Related Recording Locations


Click the image above to see an interactive map of known recording locations from the Project.



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