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Electronic Resources for Black Studies

The purpose of this research guide is to focus on key Electronic Resources for Black Studies, with an emphasis on African American experience in the United States.

Music & Sound

Amos 'n' Andy radio episodes

One of the most popular and long-running radio programs of all time. 131 Mp3 downloads available from Old World Radio.

Jazz Music Library 

Music Online: Jazz Music Library is a large and comprehensive collection of streaming jazz — with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres. Jazz performances covering a variety of styles and time periods, from labels such as Verve and Impulse! Records.

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online 

Over 2,000 hours of previously unpublished historic field recordings from around the world, alongside their supporting field notes and ethnographers’ metadata, opening new paths for the study of music in its cultural context.

Fillius Jazz Archive

Hamilton College Jazz Archive, Clinton, NY (YouTube channel)

Hiphop Archive and Research Institute, Harvard University

The archive is a new type of research and scholarship devoted to the knowledge, art, culture, materials, organizations, movements and institutions of Hiphop.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Recordings of spoken word, Blues, Gospel, Jazz & Ragtime.


Online resource dedicated to classic and modern Soul Music.

Spirituals Database [solo voice]

This database offers searchable access to recorded track information for concert Negro Spiritual settings performed by solo Classical vocalists.

Wade In The Water (1994)

26-part documentary series by National Public Radio and the Smithsonian Institution on American gospel music and its impact on soul, jazz and R&B.