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Carl Stewart Papers

Identifier: brfa063

Scope and Contents

The collection includes 3,167 LPs, vinyl 12” record albums, contained in paper album covers. The bulk of the collection can be classified as jazz. Other genres in the collection are blues, soul, gospel, classical, popular, rock and roll, and big band. Included are a small number of spoken word LPs of speeches from important historical figures such as Rev. Martin Luther King and President John F. Kennedy; and some well-known comedy artists. The LPs are in standard paper jackets of 12 ¼ in. x 12 ¼ in. square. The collection spans the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. A few albums are earlier or later, but the bulk of the collection is 1965-1985. There are approximately 43 linear feet of albums.

Also included in the collection are a number of cassette and magnetic reel to reel tapes. It is believed that many of the cassettes are duplicates of the reel to reel tapes and there are many duplicates within the cassettes. Digitization will be ongoing and as needed. There is a small collection of ephemera that includes music posters and fliers.


  • 1926-2015


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Biographical / Historical

Carl Stewart was born in 1926 and attended Grambling University graduating with a degree in elementary education. He received his Master’s Degree from Louisiana State University in physical education in 1957. He was an avid Jazz enthusiast and hosted a radio show that aired from 1988 to 1996. He coached basketball at McKinley High School until 1972 when he moved to Southern University. There he coached basketball and won three Southwestern Athletic Conference titles and took Southern to its first NCAA Tournament in 1981. He retired from Southern in 1982. In the 1960’s he did play by play for high school sports and after his coaching career he was Public Relations Director for the Minority Information Bureau and the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. Stewart was an avid audiophile and would record many meetings and interviews in the African American Community in Baton Rouge. Stewart passed away on April 18, 1997. Gardner C. Taylor Tapes: The Rev. Gardner C. Taylor, widely considered the dean of the nation’s black preachers and “the poet laureate of American Protestantism. Taylor was born in 1918 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the grandson of former slaves, and grew up in the segregated South of the early 20th century. He graduated from the Oberlin College School of Theology in 1940. He became pastor of Concord Baptist Church of Christ in 1948 and stayed for 42 years, retiring in 1990. The church became a beacon of hope and vitality for many African-Americans in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a model for the nation. When the church was destroyed by fire in 1952, Taylor defied naysayers by not only rebuilding the edifice, but also doubling its size. Concord operated its own elementary school, nursing home, credit union and million-dollar endowment used to invest in the community. But for more than four decades, it was Taylor who made Concord’s pulpit “the most prestigious in black Christendom,” More than 2,000 of Taylor's sermons are archived, and recordings of many of them are available in collections such as The Words of Gardner Taylor: 50 years of timeless treasures. Taylor died on April 5, 2015. The tapes in this collection begin in 1981. They are sermons with music. Most sermons have titles dates and locations. Duplicate tapes were made as gifts from Mr. & Mrs. Carl E. Stewart and contain short commentary at the beginning. There may be some copyright agreement between Dr. Taylor and Mr. Stewart, but there is no paperwork giving evidence of this. There is a disclaimer statement during Mr. Stewart’s radio broadcasts that state reproduction requires both Stewart and Taylor’s permission. Carl Stewart Radio Show Tapes: Carl Stewart’s Radio show aired on WXOK from 1988 to 1996. The shows were often based on the sermons of Gardner C. Taylor with commentary and contemporary Gospel and Spiritual music interspersed. Shows would also be dedicated to local and national Civil Rights leaders, themed to holidays such as Mother’s Day and Easter.


66 Linear Feet


Prior to moving to EBRPLSC the collection was stored at the Stewart home. A majority of the albums were arranged in drawers or on shelves in alphabetical order by artist surname or, if a group, by the group’s full name. As shown on the inventory spreadsheet beginning with album #1861 the albums are in random, not alphabetical, order.

Physical Location

BRS R10 6.1-9.6

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Department in October of 2015. Prior to donation an appraisal was conducted by Faye Phillips on June 12, July 2, July 24 and August 14, 2015. Prior to moving to EBRPLSC the collection was stored at the Stewart home.

Physical Description

Condition: the condition of vinyl records are ranked by collectors, such as the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors, i.e. see Jazz Collector, as mint (excellent), very good, good, fair and poor sometimes using + or – after the work such as M+ and VG- . The Music Collectors website using the rankings of mint, near mint, good, fair and poor. I did a condition review of 11% of the entire collection. Of the sample I reviewed the albums showed only minimal, normal wear of bumped or bent album jacket corners and rubbing along the edges. All the cover art was clean and undamaged and all but three albums in the sample had their interlining record covers. Fewer than 20 of the interlining record covers in the sample were made of glassine which is non-durable, but in the sample all of the glassine interlining covers were in fair to good condition.

Processing Information

The collection was processed from November 2015-February 2016 by Emily Ward, Melissa Eastin and Amanda Arceneaux. Spread sheets were made for the album collection and the tape collection. Albums and tapes were not assigned individual index numbers but are listed by title.
The Carl Stewart Papers
Emily Ward
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Repository Details

Part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Repository

7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge La. 70806 USA