On Collecting Songbooks
Quite a few Southern Gospel fans collect albums by recording artists. Fewer collect convention songbooks. Yet it strikes me as a fascinating hobby to take up. With that in mind—and for the benefit of any other readers also considering collecting convention songbooks—here are a couple of questions for those of you who do have such collections:
(1) It would seem that the songbooks of the Stamps, Stamps-Baxter, Vaughan, and R.E. Winsett companies are fairly obvious series to collect. Which other publishers’ collections are particularly strong, especially in having introduced original material?
(2) When collecting songbooks, nothing is more useful than knowing what you’re looking for. In that light, this list of Stamps-Baxter songbooks is immensely helpful. Do similar lists exist of the Stamps, Vaughan and Winsett releases?