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African-American Music

Music styles of African Americans from colonial times to the present

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Books on the Music of African-Americans

For an overview, see the following books:

  • Lift Every Voice: The History of African American Music, by Burton W. Peretti
    ML 3556 .P45 2009
  • African-American Music, an Introduction, by Mellonee Burnim
  • ML 3556 .A34 2006
  • Black American Music, Past and Present, by Hildred Roach
    ML 3556 .R58 1992
  • The Music of Black Americans: A History, by Eileen Southern 
    ML 3556 .S74 1997
  • Readings in Black American Music , edited by Eileen Southern
    ML 3556 .S75
  • From Jubilee to Hip Hop: Readings in African American Music, by Kip Lornell‚Äč
    ML 3479 .F76 2010

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Library of Congress Call Numbers (Shelf Numbers)

Ball State Libraries' use the Library of Congress classification system, which brings books on similar subjects together on the shelves.  The top line includes one or two letters.  The second line contains one to four numbers.  These are shelved as whole numbers.  The third line organizes books by author (or sometimes title), with one letter and one to five numbers.  Books with the same top two lines are put in order as decimal numbers by this third line.  The following call number series is in correct shelf order: