Welcome to the Southern Music Research Center

The Southern Music Research Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to the preservation and public presentation of the American South’s many music histories and ongoing forms of musical expression.

The real center of our Center is this website: a public archive of rare photos, rescued recordings, oral histories, ephemera and artifacts from a diversity of musical communities and traditions. We encourage visitors to get to know our site by browsing our collections — and to come back often, as we are actively acquiring and adding new material to the site.

You can support our mission and growth by making a financial contribution. To donate materials to the archive, please contact our executive director, Burgin Mathews: burgin@southernmusicresearch.org. To keep up with our latest archival collections and other updates, please join our mailing list.

Recently Added Items

Southern Harmony: Birmingham-Southern Alma Mater

Birmingham-Southern College Alma Mater, in an arrangement by Hugh Thomas, performed by Southern Harmony: Thomas Head (tenor, Class of 1985), Kyle Bass…

Sean Alexander (Birmingham-Southern College Class of 2016); BSC Alma Mater

Birmingham-Southern Alma Mater, performed by Sean Alexander, BSC Class of 2016, May 2024.

Katie Leatherbury (Birmingham-Southern College Class of 2011): BSC Alma Mater

Birmingham-Southern Alma Mater, performed by Katie Leatherbury, BSC Class of 2011, May 2024.

Emily La Branch Delikat (Birmingham-Southern College Class of 2003): BSC Alma Mater

Birmingham-Southern Alma Mater, performed by Emily La Branch Delikat, BSC Class of 2003, May 2024.

Nick de Castro (Birmingham-Southern College Class of 2017): BSC Alma Mater

Birmingham-Southern Alma Mater, performed by Nick de Castro, BSC Class of 2017, May 2024.

Helen Morris (Birmingham-Southern College Class of 2011): BSC Alma Mater

Birmingham-Southern Alma Mater, performed by Helen Morris, BSC Class of 2011, May 2024.

Joanna Pepple (Birmingham-Southern Visiting Assistant Professor in Music): BSC Alma Mater (Violin Solo)

Violin solo of the Birmingham-Southern College Alma Mater, performed by Joanna Pepple, BSC Visiting Assistant Professor in Music, May 2024.

Birmingham-Southern, "A Celebration and Farewell" Ceremony: Alma Mater and Benediction

Musical selections from Birmingham-Southern College's closing ceremony:Forward, Ever Always: A Celebration and Farewell, Bill Battle Coliseum,…

Birmingham-Southern College 2024 Commencement: Musical Selections

Musical selections from the 165th Birmingham-Southern Commencement, Bill Battle Coliseum, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama, May 24,…

Forward Ever: Birmingham-Southern Sings (BSC Logo)

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Forward Ever: Birmingham-Southern Sings On May 24, 2024, Birmingham-Southern College graduated its final class of seniors; the college officially…