This collection consists of sheet music for spirituals published between 1917 and 1926, arranged for chorus and piano by R. Nathanial Dett, Harvey P. Gaul, Charles Fonteyn Manney, and others. Typical of the published spirituals of the era, these have been arranged for solo voice and piano. These sheet music editions have not previously been available digitally. The collection was compiled by John Plasmati, an avid book and manuscript collector who began his career in the Special Collections at The New York Public Library. His estate donated this collection to the Talbott Library in 2014.