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

Herbert Halpert dictates a song from James L. Conklin in New York, 1946.  Photo by Violetta M. Halpert

Herbert Halpert Mid Atlantic collection. In 1939, while working for the WPA, folklorist Herbert Halpert (1911-2000) traveled through the New Jersey Pine Barrens, southeastern Pennsylvania, and New York recording individuals singing Anglo-American ballads, work songs, sea shanties, historical songs, bawdy songs, and game songs.

Upcoming Event from ATM

Latin American popular music on saxophone


Latin American Popular Music on Saxophone

Join us, as saxophonist Ricardo Martínez will delight us with a recital of Latin American popular music from diverse styles and regions. This program will give the audience a glimpse of not only the wealth of Latin America’s popular traditions, but also the versatility of saxophone in Latin music. Ricardo began his studies under renowned saxophonist Eugene Rousseau at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities and has also studied abroad in France with Philippe Braquart at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Montpellier and Jean-Yves Fourmeau at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise, where he played as a soloist for some ensembles, and obtained high distinctions in saxophone and chamber music. As a chamber musician he has taken part in world premieres by French composers Denis Badault, Sophie Lacaze, and also Robert Lemay, as part of several saxophone ensembles. At Indiana University, Ricardo has been involved with the Latin American Music Center, researching music written for saxophone by Latin American composers. His interest in the intersection between academic and folkloric music has led him to perform with Grammy Award winning artists Adam Del Monte and Gonzalo Grau as part of the Latin American Popular Music Ensemble. His interest in folkloric music has also led him to perform with a new Brazilian chamber music ensemble that explores the diverse musical genres of Brazil through performance. In continuity with that experience, Ricardo will perform a set of popular Latin American music from several regions, both as a soloist and with accompanied by Priscilla Borges on vocals, Bruno Cabrera on percussion, Alex Macias on guitar, and Rafael Soares on vocals.


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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