University of California, Los Angeles, Ethnomusicology Archive

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Established in 1961, the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive is a world-renowned research archive dedicated to the study of musical traditions from around the globe. The Archive’s collection of more than 150,000 audio, video, print, and photographic items documents musical expressions throughout the world and includes unique field recordings as well as rare commercial recordings. As part of UCLA’s Department of Ethnomusicology, the Archive preserves and makes accessible over 50 years’ worth of audio and video recordings of the department’s famed concerts and also of lectures by legendary scholars and performers, ranging from Mantle Hood to Ravi Shankar to Dizzy Gillespie. In addition to preservation and access, the Archive offers a wide range of research, outreach, and educational services. From international scholars to local community members and UCLA students and faculty, the Archive is recognized locally and internationally as an important center of ethnomusicological research and discovery.

The University of California, Los Angeles, Ethnomusicology Archive's digital collection at California Revealed consists of texts, images, moving images, and audio recordings from the 1940s to the 2020s. The collection is especially rich in audiovisual recordings featuring musicians, tradition bearers, and cultural practices that illuminate the rich cultural diversity of California.

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University of California, Los Angeles
1630 Schoenberg Music Bldg
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States

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