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African Music Archive: An archive of African music (mainly modern African music from South of the Sahara) through the Institute of Ethnology and African Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz.

ARChive of 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.

Archive of Folk Culture at the American Folklife Center: Originally founded as the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress in 1928, the archive is now a part of the American Folklife Center and includes more than six million photographs, manuscripts, audio recordings, and moving images.

Archive of Māori & Pacific Sound: The world’s largest ethnographic sound collection relating to the Pacific with holdings including 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 and Research Center for Ethnomusicology (ARCE): ARCE houses extensive collections of recordings of Indian music and oral traditions, following an active program of acquisition, cataloging, preservation and dissemination.

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: The largest university-based ethnographic sound archives in the United States, based at Indiana University. Holdings cover a wide range of cultural and geographical areas, and include commercial and field recordings of 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 addressing the cultural history of the Greater Southwest, including a sound archive.

Belfor Audio Laboratory and Archive at Syracuse University: An audio archive holding recordings in all formats (primarily cylinders, discs and magnetic tapes) with a focus on late 19th and early 20th century commercial works, spoken word materials, broadcasts and university events.

British Library Sound Archive: London-based library with sound collections featuring over a million discs, 185,000 tapes, and many other sound and video recordings from all over the world.

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. 

Centre de Recherche en Ethnomusicologie Sound Archive (CREM): The sound archives of the CNRS - Musée de l'Homme managed by French research center CREM. Holdings include both published and unpublished sound documents.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Located in Nashville, Tennessee, one of the world's largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music.

Hogan Jazz Archive 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.

International 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.

Irish Traditional Music Archive: A public non-profit, multi-media reference archive and resource centre for the traditional song, music and dance of Ireland.

LAMECA (La Médiathèque Caraïbe): A public library located in Guadeloupe (French West Indies) that is fully dedicated to the Caribbean world.

Marr Sound Archives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City: The Marr Sound Archives includes over 380,000 items, with a focus on the American experience as reflected in recorded sound.

Mathers Museum of World Cultures: The Mathers Museum on the campus of Indiana University houses a collection of over 1,800 ethnomusicology items and is one of the largest such collections in the country, including materials from all continents.

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP): An interactive music and pop culture museum located in Seattle, Washington.

Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives at Bowling Green State University: Supports curriculum in Music, Popular Culture, and American Culture Studies. With almost a million recordings, the Archives represents the largest collection of popular music recordings in an academic library in North America.

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM): Located in Phoenix, Arizona, MIM collects, preserves, and makes accessible a variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world.

National Jazz Museum in HarlemThe National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a thriving center for jazz that stimulates hearts and minds, and reaches out to diverse audiences to enjoy this quintessential American music.

Performing 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.

Recorded Sound Research Center at the Library of Congress: The largest audio collection in the United States with a recorded sound archive reflecting the entire history of sound technology, from the first wax cylinders, through LPs and tape, to the latest compact audio discs.

Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections: A public resource housed at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage with collections that are global in perspective, covering world ethnic performance traditions, spoken word recordings, sounds of science and nature, occupational folklore, and family folklore.

Southern Folklife Collection: The Southern Folklife Collection is an archival resource dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating vernacular music, art, and culture related to the American South.

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.

UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive: Established in 1961, the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive is a world-renowned research archive dedicated to the study of musical traditions from around the globe.

University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives: The UW Ethnomusicology Archives, founded in 1962, includes field recordings documenting worldwide music traditions, films and videos of a variety of musical events, as well as several hundred musical instruments.

World Music Archives at Wesleyan University: An archive of world music housed in the Wesleyan Library in Middletown, Connecticut, containing original audio tapes, discs, and videotapes in numerous formats.

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