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.
The Annapurna L. Bech Memorial Collection. Between 1964 and 1968 Terence Bech recorded over 260 hours of performances and life histories. May different ethnic groups living in Nepal are documented and the collection is one of the most significant known collections of Tibetan folk music from this time period. The collection is a particularly important because it documents cultural life in Nepal before the Civil War and armed conflicts began in the early 1990s.