After Mrs. Marshall’s death in 1941, the Conservatory slowly began to lose much of the prestige it had enjoyed under her leadership. By the mid-1950s, the number and variety of activities had decreased. The Conservatory eventually closed in 1960, leaving a legacy of Black music scholarship and training.


     To learn more about the life of Harriet Gibbs Marshall and the history and achievements of the Conservatory see Doris E. McGinty’s article, "The Washington Conservatory of Music and School of Expression," The Black Perspective in Music, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 1979, 59-74.

     The Records of the Washington Conservatory of Music are held by the Manuscript Division of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University. The collection consists of 55 boxes of correspondence, printed programs, catalogs, photographs, and student and financial records. The hundreds of pieces of sheet music by Black composers are part of the holdings of the MSRC’s Music Department collection.

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