LA as Subject

Collectively preserving, archiving and sharing the rich history and culture of Los Angeles

UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive

1630 Schoenberg Music Building Box 951657
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact: Maureen Russell, Head of Cataloging and Archivist
Phone: (310) 825-1695
Fax: (310) 206-4738

Institution Type: Archive, College/University

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Archives and Collections

Though the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive has traditionally focused on collecting musics outside of Los Angeles, in recent years the Archive has developed a significant collection of LA-based materials. These materials include the following: AFAMILA - Archiving Filipino American Music in Los Angeles: includes commercial and non-commercial recordings of LA based FilAm artists. Donn Borcherdt Collection: includes recordings of LA based Mexican music. GALA - Gospel Archiving in Los Angeles: includes commercial and non-commercial recordings of LA based Gospel music; UCLA Ethnomusicology Audiovisual Collection: includes audiovisual recordings documenting guest artists, lectures, and performance ensembles associated with ethnomusicology at UCLA; Emily Sene Collection: includes field recordings of LA based Sephardic music; D. K. Wilgus Folksong Collection: includes LA based field recordings documenting original field recordings of cowboy songs, jokes, oral histories, Japanese tales, Israeli folklore, blues, and folk music.

Type of Materials: Audio Recordings, Digital Files, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Manuscripts, Photographs

Time Periods: 1950-1963, 1964-1980, 1981-Present

Languages: English, Hebrew, Japanese, Spanish

Sectors of the Population: Artistic Communities, College/University Faculty, Community Service Organizations, Education, Musicians, Politics/Government, Religious, Seniors, Students, Veterans, Youth, African Descent, Asian Descent, European Descent, Jewish Descent, Mexican Descent/Chicano/Latino, Multiethnic


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Digital Formats: BWF, TIFF, MOV, AIFF, WAV
Exhibition Frequency: Ongoing
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Class Visits, Community Service, Exhibitions, Festivals, Internet, Newsletter, OCLC/RLIN, Online Catalog, Public Lectures & Programs, Publications, Radio/TV/Video, Student Orientations, Telephone, Word of Mouth