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Sam Barber Wings Over Jordan Collection, 1930s-2004

by Barber, Samuel (Sam Barber).
Type: materialTypeLabelMixed materialsDescription: 19 boxes (18.0 linear ft.).Subject(s): Settle, Glenn T | Kramer, Worth | Barber, Sam | African American choral conductors -- Ohio | African American musicians -- Ohio | African American newspapers -- Ohio | African American singers -- Ohio | African American -- Music | African American -- Religions | African American -- Ohio -- Social life and customs | Choirs (Music) -- Ohio | Gospel music | Music -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Music -- Social aspects | Radio in religion | Radio programs, Musical | Radio scripts | Spirituals | WGAR (Radio station; Cleveland, Ohio) | Wings over Jordan (Choir; Cleveland, Ohio)
Contents:
Box 1-9: General files.
Box 10: Photos and related items.
Box 11-13: Miscellaneous files.
Box 14: Slides, 1930s-2004.
Box 15: Audio cassettes, 1939-1998 and undated.
Box 16: VHS video cassettes, 1992-1994, 1997-1998, and undated.
Box 17: VHS video cassettes, 1992-1994, 1997-1998, and undated; Super VHS video cassette, 1990; Betacam, 1990.
Box 18: Betacam, 1990; Betacam SP video tapes, 1990, 1996 and undated.
Box 19: Miscellaneous.
Summary: The collection consists of research materials of music educator Sam Barber relating to the African-American Choir Wings Over Jordan of Cleveland, Ohio whose music consisted of mostly spiritual and hymn songs. Material spans 1930s-2004.
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Archival Material Archival Material Archives Box 1-19 Not for loan Finding aid available for a description of items in box.

Most original file folder titles have been retained.

Box 1-9: General files.

Box 10: Photos and related items.

Box 11-13: Miscellaneous files.

Box 14: Slides, 1930s-2004.

Box 15: Audio cassettes, 1939-1998 and undated.

Box 16: VHS video cassettes, 1992-1994, 1997-1998, and undated.

Box 17: VHS video cassettes, 1992-1994, 1997-1998, and undated; Super VHS video cassette, 1990; Betacam, 1990.

Box 18: Betacam, 1990; Betacam SP video tapes, 1990, 1996 and undated.

Box 19: Miscellaneous.

Reproduction of audiovisual material requires written permission of Samuel Barber.

Use of audiovisual material may require production of listening or viewing copies.

Copyright of items in these papers is retained by the authors, or their descendents, as required by United States copyright law.

The collection consists of research materials of music educator Sam Barber relating to the African-American Choir Wings Over Jordan of Cleveland, Ohio whose music consisted of mostly spiritual and hymn songs. Material spans 1930s-2004.

Preferred citation: Sam Barber Collection on Wings Over Jordan, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Collins-Callaway Library, Paine College.

Sam Barber, a professor of music, wrote his doctoral thesis, "The Choral Style of the Wings Over Jordan Choir," in 1978 at the University of Cincinnati and continued to collect material about the choir. Wings Over Jordan was founded in 1938 by the Reverend Glenn T. Settle, pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and performed weekly on WGAR, a CBS affiliate radio station in Cleveland and on other CBS affiliate stations across the country. Worth Kramer, WGAR program director, became the original conductor and music director. The group was the first, full-time, professional African-American choir in the United States. Throughout the 1940s, it toured the United States, Europe, Canada, and Mexico. The choir received numerous awards including the Peabody Award. In 1988, the Wings Over Jordan Celebration Chorus was formed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original choir.

Finding aid available.