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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.


ARChive Blogoschmeer: Blog of the ARChive of Contenporary Music, a not-for-profit archive, music library and research center located in downtown New York City.


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 Māori & Pacific Sound: 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 acquires.


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.


Experience Music Project: An interactive music museum located in Seattle, Washington.


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.


IREX (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 world.


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 discs.


Society for 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.


Southern Folklife 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 items.


UCLA Ethnomusicology 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.

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