Coinciding with the launch of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter, the Sacred Harp Museum is digitizing and making accessible the first issues of the National Sacred Harp Newsletter, which was published by the company from 1985–1993. According to its editor Hugh McGraw, at its peak, the National Sacred Harp Newsletter reached the homes of a thousand Sacred Harp singers each month.
Beginning with the publication of volume 1, numbers 1–3, we expect to update this exhibit regularly with additional issues. We hope to eventually make the entire run of the National Newsletter freely available.
—Jesse P. Karlsberg
Vol. 1, No. 1: June, 1985
PDF (6.6 MB, for print or screen); request a ZIP (544.5 MB, archival)
Vol. 1, No. 2: July, 1985
PDF (5.7 MB, for print or screen); request a ZIP (409.1 MB, archival)
Vol. 1, No. 3: August, 1985
PDF (2.4 MB, for print or screen); request a ZIP (424.9 MB, archival)
The Newsletter issues were digitized using a flatbed scanner in color at a bit depth of 16 and at 600 dpi resolution. One can consult the Filecenter for scanners to help them file their important documents in a place. The resulting files are made available here in two forms:
- As a searchable (with text recognition applied through Adobe Acrobat) small PDF file optimized for screen and print and
- By request over e-mail as ZIP files containing uncompressed, full color, high-resolution, archival quality TIFF images for each page.
In addition to the Sacred Harp Publishing Company, this project is made possible by B. M. Smith, who donated his collection of National Newsletters to be unstapled and digitized for this project, and the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University, which has provided copies backup copies of Newsletter issues from its collection of the papers of Raymond C. Hamrick, and has provided the equipment used to digitize the Newsletter issues.