The all-new Spring/Summer 2008 issue of Performance!, the official newsletter of the SAA Performing Arts Roundtable, is now available. In addition to discussing the PAR business meeting and programs of interest at the upcoming SAA 2008 conference, this issue brings us articles from near and far (depending on how you look at things).

Doctoral candidate and fellowship holder, Kevin Kehrberg, reports on his research into Southern gospel music, mainly drawing on the collections of the Southern Appalachian Archives held by the Berea College Special Collections & Archives and the Center for Popular Music (at Middle Tennessee State University). Archive Officer and Cataloguer, Kristy Davis, details the efforts to enhance access to the fabled Mander & Mitchenson Theatre Collection.

As a reminder, you don’t have to be a member of the Society of American Archivists to receive the newsletter or to participate in the Performing Arts Roundtable and its discussion list. If you wish to receive future newsletters, go here to sign up either as a member (if you belong to SAA) or as a participant (non-SAA), though you may need to be a wizard (or the intimate friend of one) to make it all work.

Image credits:

(Top) Photo of the Four Tones, circa 1944. From Appalachian Music Fellowship 2007 page.

(Bottom) Stanley Jackson promotional poster for Cecil Lyle. From The Raymond Mander & Joe Mitchenson Theatre Collection Picture Gallery.