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African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians (ADSMM) Sheet Music Collection

Identifier: SPC-2018-003

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of sheet music, choral scores, full and partial scores, manuscript music, music books, and compilations. The music falls primarily into the sacred music genre, including gospels, spirituals, and classical pieces; but also includes a significant amount of secular music, ranging from jazz to popular music to Broadway musicals and operas.


  • Copyright: 1811-2010


Conditions Governing Access

There are no access rectrictions on this collection

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from 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.

Biographical / Historical

The African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians (ADSMM) Program is an archiving, research and performance program of the CSU Dominguez Hills Music Department, implemented in partnership with the University Africana Studies Department and the University Library. The program is multidimensional, and includes the Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Music, the Dominguez Hills Jubilee Choir, and the African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians Network and Forum. The overall focus of the ADSMM Program is to collect, to preserve through archival acquisition and contemporary performance, and to research the life and work of African Diaspora musicians whose sacred musical art has been created and/or performed in Southern California.

The ADSMM Sheet Music Collection is an assemblage of sacred and secular music from several sources within the ADSMM, including the ADSMM Archive, the Don Lee White Collection, the CSUDH Music Department, and the Hansonia Caldwell Collection.


64 boxes

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The collection is arranged alphabetically by the name of the composer or arranger. Multiple pieces by an individual or group are arranged alphabetically by title within the folder(s).

Sacred Music Collection

This collection is part the Sacred Music Collection, also known as the Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Music, and is associated with the African Diaspora of Sacred Music and Musicians (ADSMM) Program. The Sacred Music Collection is made up of smaller collections that contain various primary source materials, such as sheet music, books, periodicals, photographs, audio visual materials, manuscripts, and more. ADSMM’s mission is to facilitate research, preserve, and make accessible collections documenting the lives of important figures within the sacred music community as well as its influence primarily within the Los Angeles Black community.

Interested in accessing other Sacred Music collections? If you would like to view these materials in-person, please make an appointment through the Gerth Archives and Special Collections website. If you would like to view these materials online, please visit the the Sacred Music Digital Collections Database website. 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.

The African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians (ADSMM) Sheet Music Collection
Beth McDonald; updated by Lindsay Anderson, 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections Repository

University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson CA 90747