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Emory University (Atlanta, GA 30322-1018)
Jesse P. Karlsberg (Project Director: July 2018 to March 2021)
Sounding Spirit Digital Library: Sacred Music from the Southern Diaspora, 1850-1925

A planning project to develop a digital library that would include books of vernacular Protestant music from the southern region of the United States published between 1850 and 1925.

Sounding Spirit is a planned digital library enabling access to hundreds of influential books of vernacular Protestant music of the southern United States diaspora from 1850 to 1925. Anchored at Emory Universitys Center for Digital Scholarship, this Foundations grant application draws together four institutions with outstanding collections of these materials and diverse digitization workflows and digital repositories: Emorys Pitts Theology Library, the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music at the University of Kentucky, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. We seek to 1.) launch a pilot site featuring twenty volumes, 2.) document processes for digitization and portal ingest that meet diverse institutional needs, 3.) draft a list of 500 to 700 volumes for a planned expanded portal, 4.) share our findings to enable comparable work elsewhere, and 5.) formalize an ongoing partnership among collaborators.

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Project fields:
American Studies

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$58,230 (approved)
$58,230 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2020