Readers interested in listening to "B-Side" records containing social movement messages will delight in this Black Gospel collection, last featured in the 06-29-2018 Scout Report.
In February 2005, Baylor University English professor Robert Darden penned an essay for The New York Times op-ed section entitled "Gospel's Got the Blues." In this essay, Darden noted that although gospel music has enduring popularity, a number of early gospel recordings are at risk of disappearing. Enter the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, which hopes to "have a copy of every song released by every black gospel artist or group during the target time period." A partnership between Baylor University and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the collection preserves the "most at-risk music" to be enjoyed for years to come. The collection includes thousands of records, including some of Mahalia Jackson's most treasured hits. Visitors can browse these recordings by file type, date, and custodian. Most records include images, descriptions, and audio files. Listeners should note that some files are only accessible from Baylor's campus, but non-Baylor scholars can contact the collection team to request access.