Indiana University Bloomington

Ordering copies of field recordings

The Archives of Traditional Music duplicates collections of field recordings for non-profit research, scholarship, or personal use in accordance with U.S. Copyright Law and the contractual agreements with our depositors. For some collections, it is necessary to secure the permission of the depositor before copies can be made, and in most cases permission is freely given. The recordings provided may not be transferred to another individual or institution.

The ATM does not own the rights to the majority of its collections and is thus not legally entitled to approve the publication or commercial use of most of our holdings. Patrons requesting such use are referred to the original depositors to seek permission and discuss potential fees.

Order procedure:

  1. Send an e-mail to or phone the Archives (812-855-4679) to describe the kind of material you would like to order, including the call number from IUCAT (for example, 54-145-F) or the OCLC number from WorldCat, if available, and the proposed use of the recordings.

  2. You will receive an e-mail reply from the archivist with additional information about the recordings, including their availability for purchase, duration, overall sound quality, and the cost of a CD, file download (in .wav or .mp3 formats), or tape copy. Contact information for collectors/depositors will be provided if their approval is needed.

  3. The archivist will e-mail an order form to complete and return after any permissions to duplicate have been received. An invoice, to be paid by check or credit card, will be generated and e-mailed. Prepayment is required for the majority of orders.

  4. Requests for copies are placed on the duplication list in the order they are received. The usual time needed to prepare orders is four to six weeks.

Due to copyright restrictions, we cannot make copies of our commercial holdings for patron purchase. Patrons can, of course, visit our listening library and listen to or view holdings (field, broadcast, or commercial) without ordering a personal copy. We have been making copies for public access since 1954 and continue to provide onsite reference support. Because we are an archive, however, we do not participate in Interlibrary Loan.

A griot in Mali performs.  Laura Boulton collection, 1934.