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African-American Women in Rock: Ruth Brown

This is a guide to various resources at the Library and Archives that may be valuable to teachers who need resources relating to African-American women in rock and roll for use in their classrooms.

Ruth Brown

The R&B singer who built Atlantic Records.

They called Atlantic "the house the Ruth built" for good reason - her two dozen hits put the budding company on the map. She was both a diva and a fighter, a glamorous R&B singer and tireless advocate for musicians' rights. More on


All of our books about Ruth Brown can be found here.



All our video on Ruth Brown is found here and here.

Spotify Playlist


All of our Ruth Brown audio can be found here.


Archival Resources

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum | Library and Archives
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