Collection. 1887-


Collection. 1887-

Correspondence and research files concerning black women composers, plus files of music scores, photographs, and taped interviews chiefly created during Walker-Hill's research for her book From Spirituals to Symphonies: African-American Women Composers and Their Music (Greenwood Press, 2002) and her published editions of music by black women composers.

40 boxes (21.5 linear feet)


SNAC Resource ID: 6677457

Columbia College Chicago

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