Indiana University Bloomington

The Archives of Traditional Music is an audiovisual archive that documents music and culture from all over the world. With over 100,000 recordings that include more than 2,700 field collections, it is one of the largest university-based ethnographic sound archives in the United States.

Its holdings cover a wide range of cultural and geographical areas, vocal and instrumental music, linguistic materials, folktales, interviews, and oral history, as well as videotapes, photographs, and manuscripts.

See and hear highlights from our collections

Sabino Canyon Arizona

Doriane Woolley McCullough 1938. Just outside of Tucson, Arizona, Doriane Woolley McCullough recorded the major Akimel O'odham song series at the Gila River Indian Reservation, and produced over 800 pages of song texts, translations and music transcriptions, creating the most important and thorough documentation of this culture prior to World War II.

Upcoming Event from ATM

Stephen and Nancy Dickey: Remembering Lotus Dickey


Stephen and Nancy Dickey: Remembering Lotus Dickey

Lotus Dickey (1911-1989) was a traditional singer, songwriter, and fiddler from southern Indiana (Orange County) who inspired a generation of performers and Bloomington’s Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. Stephen and Nancy Dickey, son and daughter-in-law of Lotus and members of Grease Gravy (a country-bluegrass string band) will perform some of his songs during this concert honoring Lotus’s legacy. The event is free and co-sponsored by Traditional Arts Indiana.


New at the Archives

ATM Collection added to National Recording Registry

A 1938 collection of recordings of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief Dan Cramner has been added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

Photo by Edward S. Curtis, 1914

The collection is one of only 25 recordings added to the Registry each year. A collection of aluminum disc recordings of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief Dan Cranmer made by Franz Boas and George Herzog in 1938 is now one of the 25 recordings selected for special recognition. Other registrants include Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" album, the presidential recordings of Lyndon Johnson, and the Everly Brothers' single "Cathy's Clown." The Boas/Herzog collection is the only set of ethnographic recordings selected by the Library of Congress for this year's registry.




The Archives of Traditional Music

Morrison Hall 117

1165 E. 3rd St.

Bloomington, IN 47405

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