Harry T. Burleigh

Henry Thacker Burleigh

2 December 1866–12 September 1949

Collections of Spirituals and Songs:

Plantation Melodies Old & New (1901): PDF
Negro Minstrel Melodies (1910): PDF
Album of Negro Spirituals (1916-1925): HathiTrust
The Celebrated Negro Spirituals (1917)
The Celebrated Negro Spirituals (1919)
Old Songs Hymnal (1929): WorldCat


The Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh (Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Music, 1984/2007): Amazon
25 Spirituals Arranged by Harry T. Burleigh (Hal Leonard, 2012): Amazon


H.T. Burleigh Collection, Emory University:

Marian Anderson Papers, Correspondence, Folder 797, University of Pennsylvania:

Life & Works:

Charlotte W. Murray, “The Story of Harry T. Burleigh,” The Hymn, vol. 17, no. 4 (October 1966), pp. 101-111: HathiTrust

Anne K. Simpson, Hard Trials: the Life and Music of Harry T. Burleigh (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1990).

Jean Snyder, “‘A great and noble school of music’: Dvořák, Harry T. Burleigh and the African-American spiritual,” Dvořák in America 1892-1895 (Portland, OR: Amadeus, 1993), pp. 123-148.

Eileen Southern, The Music of Black Americans: A History, 3rd Ed. (New York, 1997), pp. 269-272: Amazon

Ann Sears, “A Certain Strangeness: Harry T. Burleigh’s Art Songs and Spiritual arrangements,” Black Music Research Journal, vol. 24, no. 2 (Autumn 2004), pp. 227-249.

Brian A. Moon, The Old Songs Hymnal: Harry Burleigh and His Spirituals During the Harlem Renaissance, dissertation (Boulder: University of Colorado, 2006).

Jean E. Snyder, Harry T. Burleigh: From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance (Chicago: University of Illinois, 2016): Amazon

Jean Snyder, “Henry Thacker Burleigh,” Grove Music Online:

Alan Levy, “Henry Thacker Burleigh,” American National Biography:

Teresa L. Reed, “Harry T. Burleigh,” Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology:

“H.T. Burleigh,” Library of Congress: