Virginia L. White Collection
Scope and Contents
The Virginia L. White collection (1957-2016) contains primarily tour materials consisting of photographs, posters, programs, ephemera, and costumes related to Virginia White's tenure as a member and administrator of the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers (AMJS). The collection also contains several scrapbooks compiled by fellow Jubilee Singers member, Jacquelyn F. Sebastian, which documents AMJS' domestic and international tours.
- Majority of material found within 1968-1979
- White, Virginia L. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
There are no access restrictions on this collection
Conditions Governing Use
All requests for permission to publish or quote from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Virginia White is one of the original members of the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers (AMJS). She performed with the singers from their original concerts and tours in 1968 through the early 2000s.
The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, known as "America's foremost Negro choir," have played a significant role in the development of African American sacred music traditions in the United States and are among the most honored singing ensembles in the world. The AMJS was founded by choral director Albert McNeil. McNeil was inspired by the story of the Fisk University Jubilee Singers, an all-black college choir founded in 1871, made up of four black men and seven black women who gained international fame traveling throughout the United States and Europe giving concerts singing four-part acappella arrangements of sacred songs called spirituals.
In 1968, the AMJS went on their first European tour. Since then, they have traveled the globe on 18 sold-out European tours,12 tours of the United States and Canada, and tours of the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and South America. They were selected three times to serve the U.S. State Department and USIS Cultural Exchange Program, traveling to East Germany, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Iran, India, North and West Africa, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.
1 folder : (1 oversize folder)
12.63 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
The Virginia L. White collection (1957-2016) contains primarily tour materials consisting of photographs, posters, programs, ephemera, scrapbooks, and costumes that once belonged to former, long-time Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers (AMJS) members Virginia L. White and Jacquelyn F. Sebastian.
This collection is divided into two series in which one series features the materials that belonged to Virginia L. White and another series features the materials that belonged to Jacquelyn F. Sebastian. Materials within most folders are arranged chronologically.
Virginia L. White Collection Series Titles
- Virginia L. White, 1961-2016, undated
- Jacquelyn F. Sebastian, 1957-1977
Availability of Digital Reproductions
If you would like to view some of the archival materials from this collection that have been digitized already, please visit the Sacred Music Digital Collections Database site: Virginia L. White Collection.
Please keep in mind that some of the materials in our archival collections are still in the process of being digitized and are therefore not yet available to the public.
An accrual of new materials was processed and added to the Virginia L. White collection by archivist Lindsay Anderson in 2022.
- Pink concert poster featuring the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers in collaboration with the Compton Civic Symphony. Dated April 29, 1973. Digital copy available in Archives drive and uploaded onto CONTENTdm.
- Concert programs featuring the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers from their 1968 Europe tour (2 programs), 1970 Europe tour (1 program), 1988 Israel tour (1 program), and 1992 Hong Kong/Asia tour (3 programs). Digital copies available in Archives drive.
- The Virginia L. White Collection
- Beth McDonald; updated by Lindsay Anderson, 2022
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