|The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project | The Royce-Darden Collection: Public Access
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 that time period.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Available In This Collection?
The tracks in this collection are presented as 30-second “snippets” of the full tracks found on LPs, 45s and other source materials. This model follows the iTunes approach which allows users to get a taste of a particular track with the highest possible regard being paid to copyright holders whose materials are found in the collection.
Where Can I Hear The Full Tracks?
Access to the full tracks is available on the campus of Baylor University or by researchers and users with appropriate credentials assigned by the Digital Projects Group. For more information, or to request researcher access credentials, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also adding selections from the project to our iTunesU account. Feel free to check it out!
Why Can’t I Hear The Full Song From Off-Campus?
The BGMRP strives to present these materials to researchers and casual fans of gospel music alike. Our goal is to do so while preserving the rights of the creators of these songs, so we are presenting the materials in 30-second clips in a conservative effort to meet this need. All users – on-campus or off – have access to the metadata for each record, i.e. its publisher information, artist information, technical specs, etc.
I Have Researcher Credentials. Where Can I See The Full Audio Collection?
To log into the full collection, please go to our Baylor-Affiliated Access page.
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.
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.
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.
Project-Related Email: email@example.com
Using This Resource In Your Research?
If you're a researcher or scholar and you've found a use for our materials in your work, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about it! We may feature your work on our Digital Collections blog or work with you to promote your work via our other social media outlets.
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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