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

Lawrence Gellert making a disc recording

Lawrence Gellert 1920-1940.  African American songs of protest from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. At a time when segregation was embedded in the law and the culture, Gellert documented more than 600 songs by African Americans, and half of them can be called songs of protest.

Upcoming Event from ATM

Lomax in Louisiana, 1934: A Lecture by Dr. Joshua Caffery


Lomax in Louisiana, 1934: A Lecture by Dr. Joshua Caffery

On the eve of famed song collector Alan Lomax’s 100th birthday, Dr. Joshua Caffery, Visiting Lecturer in Folklore, will discuss his work on the early Lomax recordings in coastal Louisiana. Caffery, a Grammy-nominated Louisiana musician and the 2013-2014 Alan Lomax Fellow at the Library of Congress, will discuss and share music related to three interlocking projects: his 2013 book on the 1934 Lomax recording trip, a recently released website that places those recordings online for the first time, and a new compact disc featuring prominent Louisiana musicians reinterpreting and reworking material addressed by the book and the digital release.


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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