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Bob Abrahamian Collection Preserved

Bob Abrahamian Collection Preserved magazine cover

A story that appeared in my Facebook feed this morning. It's a very fitting tribute to a man who was so devoted to this wonderful music.

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A collection of more than 30,000 “sweet soul” records, widely considered to be one of the most comprehensive of its kind in the world, has been loaned to Columbia College Chicago’s Center for Black Music Research and will be made available to the college, scholars, and the general public.

The collection, which was created by the late Bob Abrahamian and loaned to Columbia in July by the Abrahamian family, includes approximately 33,000 45s and 1,250 LPs, plus photographs, album covers, recorded interviews with soul group members, several local high school yearbooks, and other items relating to soul artists and record restoration.

 

Story here: https://blogs.colum.edu/cbmr/2018/10/30/sweet-soul/

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Mike's profile photo

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thanks for passing on Russ

It's great to see that Bob's aka @boba legacy lives on 

and also great that the donation fund that many of us soul source members donated to may have played a part in helping all this to happen

👍

thanks

mike

 

 

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40 minutes ago, mike said:

thanks for passing on Russ

It's great to see that Bob's aka @boba legacy lives on 

and also great that the donation fund that many of us soul source members donated to may have played a part in helping all this to happen

👍

thanks

mike

 

 

Perhaps Soul Source could form some sort of hook up with Columbia College, given the obvious connections in terms of Black Music Research etc. 

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BabyBoyAndMyLass's profile photo

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Fitting tribute to the man!

seano's profile photo

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Wonderful. I suspect that a route like this would be a great option for many other exceptional collections if the collector had never wanted to split and sell the individual items.

Goldsoul's profile photo

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He was a tremendous contact. Both he and Robert Pruter were instrumental in helping SoultripUSA Chicago 2009 be a great success.

God bless Bob!  

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Boro Boy's profile photo

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Excellent news. His radio show archive is superb to listen to.

David Meikle's profile photo

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http://www.sittinginthepark.com/shows.htm

Tragic story.

Listen to the show and hear the voice of someone who absolutely respected ‘our’ music.

Great gesture by the family.

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It's a nice gesture to donate all these rare original records to the College, but I would think that the records will get scratched and damaged.

Young people who are not used to handling records and don't own them, might not treat them with the respect they deserve!

Some of these records are very rare and nearly irreplaceable!

Much better that they are put on the market, then whoever buys them will look after them!

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4 hours ago, solidsoul said:

It's a nice gesture to donate all these rare original records to the College, but I would think that the records will get scratched and damaged.

Young people who are not used to handling records and don't own them, might not treat them with the respect they deserve!

Some of these records are very rare and nearly irreplaceable!

Much better that they are put on the market, then whoever buys them will look after them!

Totally second that. Records are made to be played, loved and cared for. Like he did. And that is in home collections. Not in museums or libraries. So even for BobA legacy, to make a comprehensive like documentary with all his radio shows on DVD or so, funded with the sales of his record collections, should be something much more eloquent. But who am I to judge...

Soul Shrews's profile photo

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This from the link, from the college, in the 1st post

The collection is expected to be available on a special request basis starting in January 2019, with additional access provided as inventorying proceeds.

So maybe the records won"t just be "loaned out" ?

Lets hope so !

Cneers Paul

 

 



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