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William P. Malm Photography Collection

William P. Malm, Berkeley,
October 26, 1974. Photo by
Peter Etzkorn.
As SEM members are well aware, William P. Malm has been taking photographs at our annual meetings and other gatherings of ethnomusicologists for several decades.

At the 1999 annual meeting in Austin, Dr. Malm generously agreed to allow his photographs to be shared with the public via the SEM web site. The photographs themselves are destined for the SEM Archives. Photos by others are included as noted.

In a letter accompanying the photographs, Dr. Malm wrote:

I was inspired to take pictures by Jaap Kunst's Ethnomusicology. In the rear of this first book using the term, Kunst placed pictures of many founding figures like Von Hornbostel at his desk or Ellis in academic robes. Most of the others were taken by Kunst in situ. I found that placing a face to the persons who wrote the early studies was very meaningful. I hope that some of these amateur pictures may serve a similar goal.
What follows is a sample of the photographs. Eighty-five additional images are available on the main page. Thanks to Dan Neuman for helping to arrange this.

--John Murphy

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(l to r) Charles Seeger, Alan Merriam, Willard Rhodes, David McAllester.

Founders of the Society for Ethnomusicology, taken at Duke University, 1971.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1965. Detailed caption is in preparation.
(l to r) Frank Gillis, Associate Director, Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University; Charles Haywood, Dept. of Music, Queens College; Alan P. Merriam, Dept. of Anthropology, Indiana University; Bruno Nettl, Dept. of Music, Universi ty of Illinois.

Taken at Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana University, on April 27, 1965, at the Inter-American music conference.

(l to r) Gilbert Chase, Nicholas England, Richard Waterman.

Taken at Wenner-Gren Foundation ethnomusicology meeting, New York, 1965.

Alan Merriam, Berkeley, October 26, 1974. Photo by Peter Etzkorn.
Front row: George List, Dieter Christensen, Robert Austerlitz. Back row: Robert Garfias, Rulan Chao Pian, Mantle Hood.

SEM Council meeting, 1971

Charles Seeger delivering the first distinguished lecture.

Philadelphia, 1976.

Past Presidents of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Front row: Gerard Béhague, Klaus Wachsmann, Barbara Krader, David McAllester, Willard Rhodes. Back row: Nazir Jairazbhoy, Bruno Nettl, Mieczyslaw Kolinski, William Malm, Mantle H ood.

Dr. Malm notes that Frank Gillis was present at the meeting, but was out looking for one of the other past presidents when the photo was taken.

William P. Malm, Berkeley, October 26, 1974. Photo by Peter Etzkorn.
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