In 1971, Eileen Southern, the first African-American woman tenured in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, published her landmark monograph: The Music of Black Americans, currently in its third edition. We are faculty, graduate students and library staff at Harvard who see in the approaching golden anniversary of Professor Southern's accomplishment an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon her work. 

Eileen Southern's The Music of Black Americans (first edition, 1971)Eileen Southern's The Music of Black Americans (second edition, 1983)Eileen Southern's The Music of Black Americans (third edition, 1997)

From 2019 to 2021, you can watch us here as we work independently and together on The Music of Black Americans and on The Black Perspective in Music, the journal Southern co-founded with her husband Joseph Southern in 1973. We'll also be visiting archives in Chicago, Cambridge and Nashville, and conducting original research at AMS in 2019. (Do you have a memory to share? Sign up here!)