Sacred Harp ephemera collection
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Sacred Harp ephemera collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of West Georgia
Title: Sacred Harp ephemera collection
Dates: 1860-2006
Quantity: 1.05 Linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract:This collection, compiled by Myron W. House, former Special Collections Librarian, consists of invitations and announcements to various Sacred Harp events and singings throughout the United States and Canada, minutes and directories from various Sacred Harp singing conventions, and various Sacred Harp newsletters.
Identification: MS-0054

Scope and Content Note

This collection was compiled by Myron W. House, former Special Collections Librarian, who had a personal interest in shape note singing. The collection consists of one series, papers, which is divided by sub-series based on the type of material: invitations and announcements, minutes and directories, and newsletters. Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Minutes and directories often include an agenda of the actions during each convention, financial information relating to the conventions, a list of prominent presidents and secretaries within Sacred Harp, and a calendar of annual Sacred Harp singings. Some minutes and directories also include circular letters.

Invitations, some of which were sent to Myron House personally, are for attendance at various state conventions and to various local church singings and social gatherings, as well as to various ceremonies and honorary birthday parties for notable members of the Sacred Harp community. The invitations and announcements are to events held in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington D.C., as well as to Ontario, Canada.

All of the newsletters within the collection were published within the southern United States and include the National Sacred Harp Newsletter, published in Bremen, Georgia.

Index Terms

Church music--Southern States
Shape-note singing

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Sacred Harp ephemera collection. Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, University of West Georgia.



Restrictions on Access

No restrictions. Open to all users.

Related Material

See Sacred Music Songbooks, LH-0002; see also Homer Barker LH-0008; see also Myron W. House, MS-0053

Container List


Series 1: Invitations and Announcements



11100th Big Singing (Benton, KY), 1983
2117th Session Union Musical Sacred Harp Convention (GA), 1985
3150th Chattahoochee Musical Convention (Carrollton, GA), 2002
4Alabama State Singing Convention, [2001]
5Annual Kentucky Sacred Harp Singings, 1985-1987
6Annual Midwest Sacred Harp Singings (IL), 1986-2005
7Annual Sacred Harp Singings, Marietta GA, 1987-1988
8Antioch Baptist Birthday Singing (Waco, GA), 1944
9Auburn Sacred Harp Singings (AL), 1986-1989
10B.F. White Historical Marker Ceremony (Hamilton, GA), 1984
11Burritt Museum Sacred Harp (Huntsville, AL), 1985-1987, 2006
12Carpenter Methodist Centennial Celebration (Anniston, AL), 1991
13Clairmont Baptist Singing (Atlanta, GA), 1984
14Central Ontario Singing (London, Ontario, Canada), 2006
15Cooper Book Singing, [1986]
16Dean's Annual Party (Noank, CT), 1988
17Dewey P. Williams 88th Birthday Sing (Ozark, AL), 1986
18Edwardsville Baptist Singing, 2003
19Epworth Old Harp Sing (Knoxville, TN), n.d.
20GA State Sacred Harp Convention (Dunwoody, GA), [198?] - 2004
21Harmony Church Singings (Calhoun, GA), 1995, 2001
22Harris Springs Baptist Singing (Covington, GA), 2001
23Heard County Sacred Harp Singing (GA), 1999
24Henagar, Alabama Singings, 2006
25Illinois State Conventions, 1987-1988, 1994
26Jordan Church Singings (AL), [1991], 2005
27Locust Grove Singing (Huntsville, AL), [1982]
28Louisiana State Singing Conventions, 1990-1992
29Minnesota State Singing Convention, 2001
30Mother Daughter Banquet, 1986
31Mount Pisgah Singings (Stroud, AL), 2000, 2006
32Mount Zion Alabama Singing (Ashland, AL), 2005
33Mt. Zion Memorial Singing (Mt. Zion, GA), [2000]
34National Sacred Harp Convention (Birmingham, AL), 2006
35New Harp of Columbia Schedules (TN), 1986-1987
36New England Singings (VT, MA, CT), 1985-1997
37Popular Springs Singings (GA), 1985-1987
38Potomac River Singing Convention (Washington D.C.), 2006
39Sacred Harp Singing Convention (Winter Garden, FL), 1981
40Sacred Harp Trip to Boston, 1984
41Screening of “Awake My Soul” Video, [2006]
42Seed and Feed Sacred Harp Sings (Atlanta, GA), [1979?-2005?]
43Shape-Note Singing in American Communities, 1988
44State Inservice Conference (GA), 1988
45United Sacred Harp Musical Association, 1990, 2004
46Union Point Singing (Union Point, GA), 1987
47University of Georgia Old Harp Singing, 1992
48West GA College/University Singings, 1993, 2004, [200?]
49Workshop and Sing on Shape Note Hymnody (Louisville, KY), 1987
50Ye New England Suppere (Candia, NH), 1874

Series 2: Minutes and Directories



211st District, 1985-1986
21st National Sacred Harp Sing, 1980
3Alabama and Florida State Union, 1985
4Annual Sacred Harp, 1982
5B.F. White Sacred Harp Interstate Convention, 1924
6Centennial Celebration, 1944
7Holmes Valley Sacred Harp, 1983
8Mountain Auxiliary, 1860
9Names and addresses, Sacred Harp Singers, 1984
10Polk County, 1953-1954
11Smith County, March 1982
12South Georgia Sacred Harp, 1954-1981
13Union Musical Sacred Harp, 1982-1983
14United Sacred Harp Musical Association, 1922
15United Sacred Harp Musical Association, [1983]

Series 3: Newsletters



31Chicago Sacred Harp Newsletter, Volumes 2-5, 1987-1990
2Chicago Sacred Harp Newsletter, Volumes 6-8, 1990-1993
3Chicago Sacred Harp Newsletter, Volumes 9-11, 1993-1996
4Chicago Sacred Harp Newsletter, Volumes 12-14, 1997-1999
5Harpeth Valley Sacred Harp News (TN), Volumes 1-4, 1964-1971
6National Sacred Harp Newsletter (Bremen, GA), Volumes 1-3, 1985-1988
7National Sacred Harp Newsletter (Bremen, GA), Volumes 4-6, 1988-1991



41National Sacred Harp Newsletter (Bremen, GA), Volumes 7-8, 1991-1993
2New Harp of Columbia Newsletter (TN), Numbers 2-21, 1988-1998
2New Harp of Columbia Newsletter (TN), Numbers 23-33, 1999-2006