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Music (Special Collections): Religious Music

This research guide highlights primary sources and research materials in Special Collections regarding various forms of music.

Manuscript Collections

Harp of Columbia, 1857 

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Page from the Harp of Columbia, from Harp of Columbia, 1857 

This collection includes a book of shape note songs. 

George E. Webb Thesis, 1975 (MS.1179)

George E. Webb wrote this thesis while completing his Master of Church Music degree at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In it, he examines William Caldwell's Union Harmony hymn book, which was originally published in 1837.

Moore Family Collection, 1897-1911 (MS.2676)

The Moore Family Collection consists of materials, both personal and professional, relating to the Moore Family of East Tennessee. Series II contains a collection of songbooks and hymnals from East Tennessee area churches and Tusculum College.

Rare Books and Facsimiles

The Amaranth, 1872 (M2127.H2)

Celestial Echoes, 1943 (M2121.W5)

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship, 1859 (M2127.M57 1859)

The Gem, 1880 (M2117.H35 1880)

The Knoxville Harmony of Music Made Easy, 1840 (M2121.K66 1840)

The Methodist Harmonist, 1833 (M2127.M587 1833)

Millennial Praises, 1813 (BV442.W4 1813)

Primitive Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, 1918 (M2122.P67)

Pentecostal Hymns, 1902 (M2117.P39 1902)

Sacred Melodies, 1889 (M2117.A85 1889)

Songs of Faith, 1933 (M2122.S6 1933)

Song Service and Revival, 1933 (M2117.S6)

The Zion Songster: A Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs Generally Sung at Camp and Prayer Meetings and in Revivals of Religion, 1844 (BV460.Z5)

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