African Music Archive
An archive of African music (mainly modern African music from African South of
the Sahara) through the Institute of Ethnology and African Studies at the
Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz.
Blog of the ARChive of Contenporary Music, a not-for-profit archive, music
library and research center located in downtown New York City.
Contemporary Music: Founded in 1985, the ARChive collects, preserves
and provides information on the popular music of all cultures. With over two
million sound recordings, it is the world's largest collection of
commercially-released popular and traditional music.
Maori and Pacific Music: The world’s largest ethnographic sound
collection relating to the Pacific whose holdings today include material from
most tribal groups of New Zealand and most Pacific Islands areas, and both
commercial and field recordings of vocal and instrumental music.
Archive of World Music at
Harvard University: A special collection devoted to the acquisition
of archival field recordings of musics world-wide as well as to commercial sound
recordings, videos, and DVDs of ethnomusicological interest.
Archives of African
American Music and Culture: A Indiana University-based repository of
materials covering various musical idioms and cultural expressions from the
post-World War II era.
Archives of Traditional
Music: Based at Indiana University it is the largest university-based
ethnographic sound archives in the United States. Its holdings cover a wide
range of cultural and geographical areas, and include commercial and field
recordings of vocal and instrumental music, folktales, interviews, and oral
history, as well as videotapes, photographs, and manuscripts.
Archivo Audiovisual de
Venezuela: La Dirección de Servicios Audiovisuales de la Biblioteca
Nacional de Venezuela, es el centro depositario documental y de referencia del
patrimonio audiovisual de la nación.
Arizona State Museum (The University of Arizona): Museum of the culture history of the Greater
Southwest, including a sound archives.
Belfor Audio Laboratory
and Archive at Syracuse University: Holdings total approximately
340,000 recordings in all formats, primarily cylinders, discs and magnetic
tapes. The late 19th and early 20th century is well represented in the
commercial classical, popular and jazz genres, with additional resources of
spoken word materials, broadcasts and university events. Non-commercial audio
recordings are often part of manuscript gifts that the library frequently
Central Archives for the
History of the Jewish People: The Central Archives aim to serve the
entire Jewish people and are unique in the fact that their collections include
historical material on Jews from Western, Eastern and Central Europe, the
Islamic countries, North and South America, South Africa and Eastern Asia. The
written records of our common past are here held in trust as a crucial part of
the national heritage of the Jewish People.
Centre de Recherche en Ethnomusicologie Sound Archive. Provides access to over 7,000 hours of field recordings.
Music Project: An interactive music museum located in Seattle,
Library of African Music: Founded in 1954, ILAM is the largest
archive of African music in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is attached to the Music
Department at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa.
(International Research & Exchanges Board): A US nonprofit
organization specializing in higher education, independent media, Internet
development, and civil society programs in the United States, Europe, Eurasia,
the Near East, and Asia.
Irish Traditional Music
Archive: A multi-media reference archive and resource centre for the
traditional song, music and dance of Ireland. It is a public not-for-profit
facility which promotes public education in Irish traditional music through its
own activities and its support for the activities of others.
LAMECA (La Médiathèque Caraïbe): A public library
located in Guadeloupe (French West-Indies) that is fully dedicated to the Caribbean
Marr Sound Archives at the
University of Missouri-Kansas City: The Marr Sound Archives, a unit
of the Special Collections Department, holds nearly 250,000 sound recordings in
formats that include LPs, 78s, 45s, cylinders, transcription discs,
instantaneous cut discs and open-reel tapes. The focus of the collection is the
American experience as reflected in recorded sound, with very substantial and
significant holdings in the following areas: historic voices, American popular
music, Jazz, Blues, and Country , vintage radio programs , authors reading
their own works, historic classical and operatic recordings.
Mathers Museum of World
Cultures: The Mathers Museum's collection of over 1,800
ethnomusicology items is one of the largest such collections in the country,
and includes materials from all continents. It is based on two collections, the
Laura Boulton Collection and the Georg Herzog-Hans van Hornbostel Collection.
Performer Arts Collection
at UC-Santa Barbara: The Performing Arts Collection includes
recordings, manuscripts, photographs, and artwork that documents and supports
research on local, national, and international performing arts. The collections
are located in the Special Collections Department of the Davidson Library.
Recorded Sound Reference
Center at the Library of Congress: The largest audio collection in
the United States and it is among the most comprehensive in the world. The
recorded sound archive reflects the entire history of sound technology, from
the first wax cylinders, through LPs and tape, to the latest compact audio
Ethnomusicology Archives: Official records of the Society from 1953
to the present, housed at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University
of Maryland, College Park.
Collection: The Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) ranks as one of
the nation's foremost archival resources for the study of American folk music
and popular culture. SFC holdings extensively document all forms of Southern
musical and oral traditions across the entire spectrum of individual and
community expressive arts, as well as mainstream media production.
Stanford Archive of
Recorded Sound: One of the first major collections devoted to the
acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of historically and artistically
significant sound recordings at an American institution of higher learning. The
Archive houses more than 200,000 recordings and over 4,000 print and manuscript
Archive: One of the three largest ethnomusicological sound recording
collections in North America. The collection includes both non-commercial field
recordings and commercially produced recordings of traditional, folk, popular,
and art musics from Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands, Europe,
the Middle East, and the Americas on disc, wire, open-reel tape, cassette,
compact disc, DVD, film, and videotape formats.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives: The University of Washington Ethnomusicology
Archives has been collecting and curating unique ethnographic music recordings
for over 50 years. Its holdings of more than 15,000 items include field
recordings documenting music traditions of all kinds from most areas of the
world, concert recordings of visiting musicians, and films and videos of a
variety of musical events, as well as several hundred musical instruments. The
Archives serves the students and faculty in the UW Ethnomusicology Program, the
broader university community, Pacific Northwest tribes, and an international
clientele of musicians, students, and teachers.
William Ransom Hogan Archive
of New Orleans Jazz at Tulane University: A renowned resource for
New Orleans Jazz research that includes oral histories, recorded music,
photographs and film, and sheet music and orchestrations. We also maintain
files of manuscripts, clippings, and bibliographic references.
World Music Archives at
Wesleyan University: The Archives contains well over 3000 original
audio tapes (reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, digital audio tapes, and
digitally-recorded betamax), approximately 700 discs (primarily 78 rpm
commercial discs, but also a number of instantaneous disc records), and 100
videotapes in numerous formats, plus three four-drawer filing cabinets of
accompanying notes, texts, and indexes.