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Special Collections of Somaliana at Indiana University

Papers of Bogumil Witalis (B.W.) Andrzejewski, 1950-1989.
   Mansucripts Collection, Lilly Library, IU-Bloomington

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Consists of writings, notes, etc. relating to the languages, literatures and cultures of the peoples of the Horn of Africa as collected and compiled by Somali linguistics scholar and professor of Cushitic languages and literatures in the University of London, Bogumil Witalis ("Goosh") Andrzejewski, 1922-1994.

Field recordings of B.W. Andrzejewski
   Archives of Traditional Music, IU-Bloomington.

Example: 152 recordings from 1958-1991

Collection contains field recordings and radio broadcasts of songs (hees, hellos, gabays, balwo, geeraar, buraambur, etc.), poetry and information about the poets and poetry, plays and information about theater in Somalia, oral histories, tales and interviews, news broadcasts, the development of the Somali written alphabet and literacy lessons, Koran recitations and Islam in Somalia. There are more recordings available; please search IUCAT to see all of them.

Field recordings of John W. Johnson
   Archives of Traditional Music, IU-Bloomington.

Example: 102 recordings from 1987

These collections include Somali poetry, with recitations of a multitude of genres, religious music associated with Ramadan, recreational poetry and songs, welcoming and children's songs, modern Somali poetry sung mainly in heelo (hees) genre, with a few examples of early heelo, Wiglo, and Dhaanto genres, mainly on topics of politics and love. Also included are interviews on the history of modern Somali poetry. There are more recordings available, please search IUCAT to see all of them.

BBC Somali Service Archive
   Archives of Traditional Music, IU-Bloomington.

Example: Discussion of the Somali civil war

In 1993, with the assistance of a grant from the United States Department of Education, Indiana University purchased copies of the British Broadcasting Corporation's extensive Somali archives and poetry collection. Its holdings include taped poetry and other literature, as well as interviews with Somali historical personalities, other historical recordings, and linguistic materials. The BBC Somali Section has been in service since the early 1950s, and this collection, together with the existing Somali holdings in the Archives, represents perhaps the largest sound collection of Somali materials in the world.