Since 1963 the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives has collected ethnographic data in the form of field recordings, live concert recordings, films and videos of a variety of musical events, and musical instruments. The collection of nearly 10,000 tapes and discs is available for listening; depending on deposit agreements, copies of some materials may be obtained by researchers.
Students are particularly encouraged to utilize archival materials to assist with class projects and help prepare for their own field work. The Archives employs several students each year and works informally with most ethnomusicology students as they begin to consider recording format options, equipment purchase, the practical problems of documentation in the field, and other issues related to their research. Students and other researchers are invited to deposit their field collections in the Archives, which offers secure storage and computer catalog access to all materials.
For more information, contact Laurel Sercombe, Archivist, (206) 543‑0974; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To support the instructional and research mission of the University of Washington and the Ethnomusicology Program.
- To apply professional sound archiving standards to the performance of the archival tasks of collection, documentation, access, and preservation.
- To provide archival services to a worldwide clientele of students and researchers.
- To safeguard the musical heritage embodied in the Archives’ recorded collections.
- To encourage responsible ethnomusicological field research and appropriate documentation, storage, and preservation of resulting research materials.
- To balance the need for open, unrestricted access to research materials with the need to restrict access due to privacy concerns or cultural/spiritual restrictions.