HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

Hampton Singers


Hampton Singers, ca. 1872-1874, in Hampton Institute: A Pictorial Review of Its First Century, 1868-1968 (Hampton: Prestige Press, 1968).

Featured Spirituals:

Rise up, shepherd, and follow
Swing low, sweet chariot

Collections of Spirituals:

Hampton and Its Students, ed. Thomas P. Fenner (255 pp., 51 songs, 1874): PDF

Cabin and Plantation Songs, ed. Fenner (255 [84] pp., 51 songs, 1875-1880): PDF

Cabin and Plantation Songs, Enlarged, ed. Fenner, Frederic C. Rathbun (127 pp., 72 songs, 1891): WorldCat

Twenty-Two Years’ Work of the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (520 pp., 9 songs, 1893): PDF

Cabin and Plantation Songs, 3rd Ed., ed. Fenner, Rathbun, & Bessie Cleaveland (166 pp., 126 songs, 1901): PDF

Religious Folk Songs of the Negro, ed. Fenner (178 pp., 142 songs, 1909, 1920): PDF

Negro Folk-Songs, Hampton Series, 4 vols., ed. Natalie Burlin (1918-19): HathiTrust

Religious Folk Songs of the Negro, ed. R. Nathaniel Dett (236 pp., 165 songs, 1927): WorldCat

The Dett Collection of Negro Spirituals, 4 vols. (1936): WorldCat

Related Resources:

Twenty-Two Years’ Work of the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (1893): PDF

Helen Ludlow, “The Hampton Student Singers,” Southern Workman, vol. 22, no. 4 (May 1894), pp. 72-76: HathiTrust

Edith Armstrong Talbot, Samuel Chapman Armstrong: A Biographical Study (New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1904), pp. 225-226: Google Books

“Thomas Putnam Fenner,” The Southern Workman, vol. 41 (Hampton Institute, Dec. 1912), pp. 682-686: HathiTrust

Francis Greenwood Peabody, Education for Life: The Story of the Hampton Institute (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1918): HathiTrust

Hampton Institute: A Pictorial Review of Its First Century, 1868-1968 (Hampton: Prestige Press, 1968): WorldCat

R. Smith, “Natalie Curtis Burlin at the Hampton Institute,” Resound, vol. 1, no. 2 (1982)

John Lovell Jr., Black Song: The Forge and the Flame (NY: Paragon House, 1986): WorldCat

Eileen Southern & Josephine Wright, African-American Traditions in Song, Sermon, Tale, and Dance, 1600s–1920: An Annotated Bibliography, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Black Music (NY: Greenwood Press, 1990): WorldCat

Lesa DeShield-Givens, A Study of the Dett Collection of Negro Spirituals, dissertation (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America, 1994): WorldCat

Lori Rae Shipley, A History of the Music Department at Hampton Institute/University, 1868-1972, dissertation (Boston University, 2009): WorldCat

Michelle Wick Patterson, Natalie Curtis Burlin: A Life in Native and African American Music (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska, 2010): WorldCat

Lori Shipley, “Music education at Hampton Institute, 1868-1913,” Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, vol. 32, no. 2 (April 2011), pp. 96-121.

Sandra J. Graham, Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2018): Amazon

Chris Fenner, “Thomas P. Fenner & Sabra Dyer,” The Fenner Family Tree:
https://www.fennertree.com/thomas-fenner-1829-1912

Hampton University Choirs:
http://libarts.hamptonu.edu/music/choirs.cfm

Christopher Brooks, “R. Nathaniel Dett,” Grove Music Online:
https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.07669

Charles Haywood & Anne Dhu McLucas, “Natalie Curtis [Curtis Burlin],” Grove Music Online:
https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.A2262178