MUSEUM COLLECTION

MUSEUM COLLECTION

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) has been acquiring objects and artifacts that support its mission and vision to educate and transform the appreciation of African American music-history and culture. NMAAM is the first entity to tell a comprehensive story about the impact African Americans have made on American culture through music.

The museum’s permanent collection reflects the culture of African Americans and their music history. Its holdings include: instruments, stage costumes, sheet music, recording equipment, and photographs. These artifacts, objects, and memorabilia have been studied and interpreted for use in the museum’s permanent exhibitions to help tell the story of the many music genres and styles created, influenced, and/or inspired by African Americans.

Please send any questions or inquiries to Collections Manager, Dr. Marquita Reed, at info@nmaam.org.

CLICK THROUGH THE CATEGORIES BELOW TO VIEW THE TYPES
OF ARTIFACTS THAT YOU MAY DONATE TO NMAAM

› African

  • Drums
  • Lutes
  • Xylophone
  • Dance Wang
  • Mask
› African American Artifacts (Pre-Civil War):

  • Drums
  • Banjo
  • Fiddle
  • Hip bone
  • Jugs
  • Tin tub
  • Kazoo
  • Daguerreotypes
  • Spoons
  • Diddley bow
  • Wash tub bass
  • Rub board
› Spirituals (Post-Civil War):

  • Trumpet
  • Clarinet
  • Piano
  • Harmonica
  • Tuba
  • Trombone
  • Mutes, bottleneck
  • Play Bills
  • Posters
  • Flyers
  • Keyboard
  • Turntable
› Gospel:

  • Guitar
  • Sheet music
  • Choir robe
  • Programs
  • Record labels
  • Period newspapers
  • Original sheet music
  • Hymnal
  • Religious publications
  • Flyers
  • Video
› Blues:

  • Civil War items
  • Freedman’s Bureau document
  • Sharecropper’s labor contract
  • “Whites Only” sign
  • “Colored Only” sign
  • Hymnal
  • Sheet music
  • Motown, Stax, Decca
  • Juke Box
  • Minstrel flyer, program, poster
  • USO poster
  • WWI/WWI items
  • TOBA
  • Vaudeville
  • Sharecropper’s tools
  • Depression, WPA poster
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Chicago Defender newspaper
  • KKI materials
  • Great Mississippi Flood of 1927
  • Image of lynching
  • 708 Club program
  • Nashville’s “Night Train”
  • Grammys
  • Civil Rights materials
  • Electric guitar
  • Bass
  • Costumes
› Jazz:

  • Trumpet
  • Saxophone
  • Drums
  • Bass/Electric guitar
  • Bandstand
  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Nightclub programs
  • Posters
  • House party flyers
  • Newspaper ads
  • Costumes
  • Club items
› Rhythm & Blues:

  • Drums
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Keyboard
  • Sheet music
  • Posters
  • Flyers
  • “Soul Train” Memorabilia
  • Segregation signs
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Billboard charts
  • Period dress
  • 45 records and covers
› Hip-Hop:

  • Drums
  • Turn table
  • LP records
  • Recording Systems
  • Posters
  • Flyers
  • Artwork
  • Graffiti
  • Jewelry
  • Clothing
  • MP3

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