Located at Columbia College in Chicago, the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) has been in existence since 1983, and is “devoted to collecting materials about black music the world over.” With this broad and compelling mission, it is not surprising to learn that they have an extensive library with over 2900 catalogued books, 11000 sound recordings, and 3300 scores and pieces of sheet music. Visitors seeking to do research at the CBMR can search their on-line catalog before making a visit to Chicago, and also read about their grant and fellowship opportunities. For the more casual visitor, there is a nice section that offers some brief, yet thorough, definitions of various musical styles and genres from blues to zydeco. And for those seeking some reading or research materials, there are a number of good bibliographies of seminal titles in the field. Finally, there is a special section dedicated to the famed De Paur Infantry Chorus, which toured the world presenting African American music from 1944 to 1957.


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