The Music Collection has books, CDs, and scores for exploration of almost any musical facet of black music history. From classical composers, such as William Grant Still to iconic jazz masters like Miles Davis, and classic rappers like Tupac Shakur, the history of black music is rich and varied.
Check out the display table in the main lobby for books and CD covers, and the browser on the Music Collection counter for additional CD covers. (CDs are kept behind the counter, so you need to know the call number of the CD or have a CD cover to ask for them)
To find books, CDs and sheet music by genre, use CardCat or the libary's Mediafinder (Music other than Classical): http://www.bsu.edu/libraries/viewpage.asp?src=./librarycatalogs/musicnon2.html. You can search for blues, spiriuals, jazz, rap/hip hop, R&B, and even doo-wop.
To find information and recordings of the folk musics of Africa, select Africa or a specific region in Africa in the World Music section of Mediafinder: http://www.bsu.edu/libraries/viewpage.asp?src=./librarycatalogs/worldmusic.html