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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.
The Archives of Traditional Music is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $275,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to partner with Indiana University's Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative to transfer and digitally preserve nearly 7,000 wax cylinders held in its collections. Comprised of 160 different collections made between 1893 and 1938, these cylinders were recorded in 60 different countries and on every continent except Antarctica. Because wax cylinders were the first viable method of sound recording, many of these recordings were the first ever made in certain parts of the world. The recordings are both irreplaceable artifacts of cultural history as well as documentation of the development of ethnographic science at the turn of the 20th century.