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Bloomington was established in 1818 in the rolling hills of southern Indiana. Today the city is home to 85,000 residents, including the many students, faculty, and staff of Indiana University.

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About Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana Seminary was founded in Bloomington in 1820 with one professor who taught Greek and Latin. The university’s Bloomington campus now has over 1,800 full-time faculty, more than 40,000 students, 16 schools, and hundreds of academic programs. Among its wide-ranging strengths, IU offers instruction in over 60 languages.

More Information: Indiana University Bloomington, IU Bicentennial (1820-2020)

About the IU Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Folklore studies developed at IU during the 1920s and provided a foundation for a series of
Summer Institutes organized by Stith Thompson from the 1940s into the 1960s. In 1962 Thompson and Richard Dorson established the Folklore Institute as an academic department within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Instruction in ethnomusicology at IU began in the late 1940s with George Herzog (Department of Anthropology) and continued with such figures as George List (Archives of Traditional Music) and Walter Kaufmann (School of Music) by the 1950s, and Alan Merriam (Department of Anthropology) by the 1960s. Since then, ethnomusicology has flourished within the Folklore Institute/Department, which became the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology in 2000. IU has awarded over 150 M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in ethnomusicology, with its alumni working at institutions throughout the U.S. and in many other countries. The Society for Ethnomusicology has been based at IU since 1988.

More Information: Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

See also: Archives of Traditional Music, Archives of African American Music and Culture, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Jacobs School of Music,
Latin American Music Center


Photograph courtesy of Indiana University.

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