Indiana University Bloomington

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.

See and hear highlights from our collections

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

Baltic Music with the Hedgehogs


Baltic Music with the Hedgehogs

“Siilikesed” in Estonian, “ezīši” in Latvian, “hedgehogs” in English, this Indianapolis-based Baltic ensemble includes musicians of Estonian and Latvian origin. The Hedgehogs’ instrumentation consists of bagpipes, shepherd’s horn, accordion, guitar, giga, bowed lyre, Karelian jouhikko, chord zither, and percussion, along with instruments that members of the group have built themselves, such as the 9 to 12 stringed Latvian kokle and Estonian kannel. The ensemble will perform a variety of Baltic music (mostly instrumental) and demonstrate the various stringed instruments from the three Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.


New at the Archives

ATM Collection added to National Recording Registry

A 1938 collection of recordings of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief Dan Cramner has been added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

Photo by Edward S. Curtis, 1914

The collection is one of only 25 recordings added to the Registry each year. A collection of aluminum disc recordings of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief Dan Cranmer made by Franz Boas and George Herzog in 1938 is now one of the 25 recordings selected for special recognition. Other registrants include Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" album, the presidential recordings of Lyndon Johnson, and the Everly Brothers' single "Cathy's Clown." The Boas/Herzog collection is the only set of ethnographic recordings selected by the Library of Congress for this year's registry.




The Archives of Traditional Music

Morrison Hall 117

1165 E. 3rd St.

Bloomington, IN 47405

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