The Paul Oliver Archive of African American Music consists of material collected and accumulated by Paul Oliver (25 May 1927 - 15 August 2017), an eminent architecture and blues scholar who wrote, edited, and contributed to numerous books on blues music. The collection includes papers and documents relating to his research and writing - which extended to journalism, lectures and radio scripts in addition to books - as well as a substantial quantity of audio material and photographs. The audio includes field recordings made by Oliver, including the set of interviews with blues artists from his 1960 US field trip; recordings of BBC radio programmes presented by him; tapes relating to his research on Texas blues (many of them from his collaborator Mack McCormick); and commercial recordings in various formats (78s, 45s, LPs, CDs).
Please note that the catalogue includes the titles of published material, some of which contain overtly racist or racially offensive terms. These have been retained as part of the historical record but do not reflect the views of Oxford Brookes University or its staff.