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Brown Wax CylinderMarch 21, 2018

The Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, announced the 2017 additions to the National Recording Registry which includes a collection held at Indiana University's Archives of Traditional Music (ATM). A collection of 195 wax cylinder recordings made in 1928 at the Standing Rock reservation in Fort Yates, North Dakota, is one of 25 historically and culturally significant recordings added to the registry this year. Initiated in 2002, the Registry was one result of the creation by Congress of the National Recording Preservation Act. The purpose of the Act is to maintain and preserve sound recordings and collections of sound recordings that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. 

Palakiko Blues on Gennett RecordsApril 20, 2015

The Indiana University Archives of Traditional Music has just received a $5,000 grant from the Grammy Foundation to perform inventory and cataloging work on recent additions to the Starr-Gennett Foundation collection held at ATM. Nearly 1200 recordings produced by Richmond, Indiana’s Starr Piano Company between 1917 and 1934 under its label Gennett Records have been added by the Starr-Gennett Foundation to the holdings at ATM. The funding will enable necessary inventory and cataloging work that will make these 78 rpm recordings discoverable worldwide through Indiana University’s online library catalog.