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Wax cylinder boxApril 20, 2015

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.

July 28, 2014

Working in collaboration with tHoagy Carmichaelhe Archives of Traditional Music, the IU Film Archive has been awarded a National Film Preservation Foundation grant to restore two home movie films that document Hoagy Carmichael's family and social life in 1937 and 1938, just after he moved to California. The films are part of the larger Hoagy Carmichael Collection at ATM which includes over 750 sound recordings that feature Hoagy Carmichael as a composer or performer. The recordings, dating from the 1920s-1970s, include commercial discs and non-commercial field recordings on disc, wire, cassette, and reel to reel tape. The field recordings include test pressings, interviews, and Carmichael's performances at informal gatherings. In total there are more than 3,500 paper, film, artifacts, and recordings as part of the Hoagy Carmichael Collection at ATM.