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Archives, Libraries, & Research Facilites

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AAAMC | Archives of African American Music and Culture
Indiana University Libraries
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN, United States
Archive & Research Facility

Established in 1991, the Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) is a repository of materials covering a range of African American musical idioms and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era. Our collections highlight popular, religious, and classical music, with genres ranging from blues and gospel to R&B and contemporary hip hop. The AAAMC also houses extensive materials related to the documentation of Black radio.

Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection
Kemp Library
East Stroudsburg University
East Stroudsburg, PA, United States
Archive & Research Facility

The collection is housed in Kemp Library at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and consists of jazz recordings, oral histories, sheet music, photographs, books, videos, and original art and memorabilia, The ACMJC also includes some special collections: Pocono Jazz Heritage, Zoot Sims, John Bunch, Eddie Safranski, Coover Gazdar, and the Jimmy Amadie Collection.

American Folklife Center
The Library of Congress
Washington, DC, United States
Archive & Research Facility

The American Folklife Center was created in 1976 by the U.S. Congress to "preserve and present American folklife" through programs of research, documentation, archival preservation, reference service, live performance, exhibitions, publications, and training. It includes the Archive of Folk Culture, established in the Library of Congress Music Division in 1928. The center is among the largest archives of ethnographic materials from the United States and around the world, encompassing millions of items of ethnographic and historical documentation recorded from the nineteenth century to the present. These collections, which include extensive audiovisual documentation of traditional arts, cultural expressions, and oral histories, offer researchers access to the songs, stories, and other creative expressions of people from diverse communities.

Archives of Traditional Music
Indiana University Libraries
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN, United States
Archive & Research FacilitySchool/University Library

The Archives of Traditional Music (ATM) is an audiovisual archive that documents music and culture from all over the world. With over 100,000 recordings that include more than 2,700 field collections, it is one of the largest university-based ethnographic sound archives in the United States. Its holdings cover a wide range of cultural and geographical areas, vocal and instrumental music, linguistic materials, folktales, interviews, and oral history, as well as videotapes, photographs, and manuscripts.

Chicago Jazz Archive
Special Collections Research Center
The University of Chicago Library
Chicago, IL, United States
Archive & Research Facility

Since 1976 the Chicago Jazz Archive, part of the Special Collections Research Center, has preserved materials on the birth and early growth of Chicago jazz. Through a relationship with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the collections have grown to span more than eight decades of Chicago and wider jazz history. Collections include recordings, publications, photographs, articles, posters, programs, ticket stubs, and other ephemera of musicians, clubs, record companies, and jazz organizations.

Hogan Jazz Archive
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA, United States
Archive & Research Facility

The Hogan Jazz Archive is the leading research center for the study of New Orleans jazz and related musical genres, including New Orleans ragtime, gospel, blues, rhythm and blues, and Creole songs. Among its holdings are 2,000 reels of oral history interviews with musicians, family members, and observers that document the stories surrounding the emergence of jazz in New Orleans from the late 19th century forward. Other holdings include sound recordings, film, photography, sheet music, personal papers, records of the American Federation of Musicians local 174-496, ephemera, and realia.

International Jazz Collections | IJC
University of Idaho Library
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID, United States
Archive & Research Facility

The International Jazz Collections (IJC) at the University of Idaho features papers and photographs of the legendary Lionel Hampton. It is the preeminent jazz archive in the Pacific Northwest. The Collections currently house over 500 scores, 10,000 recordings, 45 cubic feet of letters and papers, 5,000 photographs, 17 instruments, and numerous personal items of historical significance including over 35 years of materials and recordings associated with the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Through the Collections’ educational programs and partnerships with the Jazz Festival and other cultural institutions, the archive is accessible and available for study and enjoyment by students, jazz and music enthusiasts, musicians, and scholars worldwide.

Jazzinstitut Darmstadt
Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
Archive & Research Facility

The Jazzinstitut Darmstadt houses Europe’s largest public jazz archive. Founded in October 1990, the Jazzinstitut is housed in a baroque hunting chalet called the Bessunger Kavaliershaus. The historical vaulted cellar underneath the Jazzinstitut has become a performance space for intimate concerts. The institute bridges scholarly and practical demands, regional and multi-cultural activities, as well as transnational scholarly discourses.

LaBudde Special Collections
Miller Nichols Library
University of Missouri–Kansas City
Kansas City, MO, United States
Archive & Research Facility

LaBudde Special Collections is a print archive and research center serving scholars and organizations from around the world. The collection includes the Barney Kessel Collection and manuscript material with a strong emphasis in music, especially Kansas City jazz.

Laméca Médiathèque Caraïbe
Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe

Le projet Médiathèque Caraïbe voulu par le Conseil général de la Guadeloupe est celui de fédérer les ressources documentaires relatives aux pays du bassin caribéen en créant des outils documentaires permettant d'identifier, de localiser voire d'échanger des documents.La Médiathèque Caraïbe (Laméca), c'est au cœur d'un réseau d'institutions et d'associations, un lieu référent, un centre-ressources qui recueille, organise et redistribue l'information et la documentation relative à la Caraïbe.

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