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.
Boas and Herzog, Kwakwaka'wakw, 1938. Franz Boas and George Herzog's aluminum disc recordings of Kwakwaka'wakw chief Dan Cranmer from Alert Bay, British Columbia. Added to the National Recording Registry for 2013.
Upcoming Event from ATM
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.