Sounds and Stories collection
- Majority of material found within 1998-2004
Conditions Governing Access
The bulk of the collection is open for use at the Arthur Friedheim Library Archives of the Peabody Institute. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Conditions Governing Use
4.87 Cubic Feet (17 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
Sounds and Stories began as a joint project between the Peabody Archives, the Musicology Department of the Peabody Conservatory, and the History Department of the School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. In the fall of 2002 a seminar of 18 students interviewed dozens of participants in the music of Baltimore's black community to record their memories and to document their world and their legacy. Grants from the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland Humanities Council made it possible for the interviews to be transcribed immediately. The students edited the interviews, went over them with the interviewees, and enhanced them with visual and audio materials provided by the participants and by local archives. A website opened to the public in 2003 to serve as a resource for African-American history, for Baltimore and Maryland history, and for music history.
Scope and Contents
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials in support of the oral histories were collected primarily by archivist Elizabeth Schaaf from approximately 1996 to 2007. Many photographs were acquired by donation from participants in the project or were created to document the exhibit. Some photographs were gathered from existing collections in the Peabody Archives, including the Peabody Institute photographs collection, the Fleagle/Henderson collection, and the Andrew Pope collection.