Here are some online music databases and general resources that can be helpful as you start your research.
If the suggested resources in this guide don't include what you're looking for, remember that the Libraries have a wealth of other resources available. Try some of these subject headings to explore further:
There are several online databases of music recordings and printed and manuscript music that can help you in your research.
Music by Black Composers is a project of the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation, and includes music and resources related to both living and historical Black composers.
The Institute for Composer Diversity promotes music written by composers who identify with traditionally underrepresented groups. The Institute's website includes databases of composers and musical works, as well as a page with links to other resources with similar missions.
Alexander Street Press includes at least four collections of recordings that may be of potential interest to researchers of Black and African-American composers:
The Naxos Music Library has a wealth of recordings and resources categorized by genre and ensemble type, themed playlists, essays, and easily searchable collections.
Guide created by Barb Prillaman, 4-2021