Sheldon Harris was a noted editor, educator, and collector of blues and jazz. His book Blues Who's Who: A Biographical Dictionary of Blues Singers, (Arlington House, 1979), featuring biographies of 571 different singers is considered a prime reference source in the field. His collection of sheet music included hundreds of minstrel songs, popular in their day, but full of both racist and demeaning language.
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