Already home to a world-renowned collection of materials dedicated to the study of musical traditions from around the globe, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is re-opening its Ethnomusicology Archive with a newly expanded space on campus.
The renovations and expansion include a new inviting public space, which will provide UCLA students and faculty, international researchers, and members of the public with greater access to the archive’s massive collections; a new high-density shelving area; and a new ‘viewing room’ that allows groups of up to 14 people to view or listen to selections from the collections together.
Established in 1961, the Ethnomusicology Archive’s collection includes more than 150,000 audio, video, print, and photographic items, documenting all world musical expressions. The collection includes unique field recordings, rare commercial recordings, and 60 years of audio and video recordings of the department’s famed concerts and lectures by legendary scholars and performers, including Indian musician and “sitar maestro” Ravi Shankar and Grammy-winning mariachi musician Nati Cano.
A new archival storage space will house much of the collection allowing for maximum capacity by doubling its storage area. “We can put 100 percent of our materials in 50 percent of the space,” said archivist/librarian Maureen Russell, adjunct professor of ethnomusicology. “This gives us a tremendous amount of room to grow our collection.”
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