National Association of Negro Musicians Records

Institution: Columbia College Chicago - Center for Black Music Research
618 South Michigan
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Phone: (312) 369-7586
Date: 1916-2005
Extent: 5.38 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None

Biographical/Historical Note:
The National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM) was founded in Chicago in 1919 by a group of African-American professional musicians, and composers, to advance the education and careers of African American musicians. Among the founders of the organization were Nora Douglas Holt, Henry Lee Grant, Georgia Fraser Goins, R. Nathaniel Dett, Clarence Cameron White, Carl Diton, and Kemper Harreld, among others. During its history, the NANM has sponsored a scholarship contest for performers since 1919, and administered the Wannamaker Prize for composition (offered between 1927 and 1932). There are local branches of NANM in many large cities, as well as student chapters and regional organizations. Annual conferences are held each summer in a major city.

Scope and Content Note:
The collection includes research material collected by Eileen Southern and Doris Evans McGinty, including photocopies of original documents from the National Association of Negro Musicians.

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