Black Creators in the Levy Collection

Below is a list of Black creators-- composers, lyricists, arrangers, and publishers-- that have been identified in the collection. You can click on a name to see a timeline of works by that person. Find someone we missed? Please let us know via our contact page. The Sam Carner Sheet Music Collection is also strong in African American contributors and is organized at the series level.

This list was compiled in part from correspondence between Lester Levy and Samuel Floyd, director of the Institute for Research in Black American Music for Fisk University. Floyd identified 109 Black contributors (see bottom of page for complete list). The Arthur Friedheim Library also contains numerous works by Floyd. 

Alphabetically by last name:

Thanks also to Izzy Geada for her assistance in identifying these composers in the collection.