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Collection of materials on National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM)

Collection of materials on National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM)

See National Association of Negro Musicians (U.S.)

Collection of materials dated 1919–2004 concerning the National Association of Negro Musicians and its history and activities, particularly documents included in A Documentary History of the National Association of Negro Musicians, edited by Doris Evans McGinty (Chicago: Center for Black Music Research, 2004) plus correspondence concerning the compilation of the book, other NANM administrative correspondence and records, meeting programs, concert programs, photographs, and other materials.

9 boxes, including 15 audio cassette tapes and 8 floppy discs (5.7 linear feet).

Institutional History

The National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM) was founded in Chicago in 1919 by a group of African-American professional musicians and composers to advance the education and careers of African-American musicians. Among the founders of the organization were Nora Douglas Holt, Henry Lee Grant, Gregoria Fraser Goins, R. Nathaniel Dett, Clarence Cameron White, Carl Diton, and Kemper Harreld, among others. During its history, the NANM has sponsored a scholarship contest for performers since 1919, and administered the Wanamaker Prize for composition (offered between 1927 and 1932). There are local branches of NANM in many large cities, as well as student chapters and regional organizations. Annual conferences are held each summer in a major city.

Further history of NANM can be found in A Documentary History of the National Association of Negro Musicians, edited by Doris Evans McGinty (Chicago: Center for Black Music Research, 2004) and in Willis Patterson’s dissertation “A history of the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM): The first quarter century” (Wayne State University, 1993).

Scope Note

The present collection is the result of a ten year effort to create a documentary history of the National Association of Negro Musicians, begun by Eileen Southern and completed after her death by Doris Evans McGinty. The collection falls into four series, the first of which contains many of the documents used in the book, including newspaper and magazine articles, letters, reports, minutes and speeches. Each folder in this section contains the original document or closest extant example of the original, and at least one typescript transcript of the material. The materials are organized according to their order in the book with a section of unused materials at the end. There is also a typescript of the book at the end of the collection.

The second series contains papers relating to the production and publication of the book. Included in this section are: correspondence, grant proposals, receipts, interviews and questionnaires.

The third series contains other documents from NANM. These documents include programs from concerts, national convention programs, board reports, correspondence, outside articles on NANM functions, biographies and obituaries of NANM members, and assorted administrative materials.

The fourth series is dedicated to general research materials which include photographs, obituaries and memorial programs, newsletters, clippings, audio tapes of interviews, and assorted articles on NANM members and related topics.