Established in 1961, the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive is a world-renowned research archive dedicated to the study of musical traditions from around the globe. The Archive’s collection of more than 150,000 audio, video, print, and photographic items documents musical expressions throughout the world and includes unique field recordings as well as rare commercial recordings. As part of UCLA’s Department of Ethnomusicology, the Archive preserves and makes accessible over 50 years’ worth of audio and video recordings of the department’s famed concerts and also of lectures by legendary scholars and performers, ranging from Mantle Hood to Ravi Shankar to Nati Cano. In addition to preservation and access, the Archive offers a wide range of research, outreach, and educational services. From international scholars to local community members and UCLA students and faculty, the Archive is recognized locally and internationally as an important center of ethnomusicological research and discovery.
About the Archive
1630 Schoenberg Music Bldg
Los Angeles CA 90095-1657
Pursuant to public health orders, the campus is currently closed to the general public.
Ethnomusicology Archive Resources
Ethnomusicology Research GuideLearn More
A one-stop shop to help get you started on your research project.
Audio and Video OnlineLearn More
Highlights of our collections, especially California-related audio and video. Now streaming on The Internet Archive.
Ethnomusicology Archive CatalogueLearn More
Search our collection of over 150,000 audio, video, print, and image items.
Online Archive of CaliforniaLearn More
Select finding aids for Ethnomusicology Archive collections via the Online Archive of California (OAC).
Message from the Archivist
Welcome to the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive, one of the world’s largest ethnographic media collections. Whether you’re researching your next article or book, investigating the sounds of your own cultural heritage, or just exploring musical traditions and expanding your own sonic world, we hope you’ll drop in and take advantage of what’s been called one of the School of Music’s “crown jewels.”
UCLA Ethnomusicology Professor Named Bakë-Jairazbhoy Chair for Indian Ocean Studies
Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy, adjunct professor of ethnomusicology at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, has been appointed the inaugural holder of the Bakë-Jairazbhoy Chair for Indian Ocean Studies at the Pocker Sahib Memorial Orphanage College (PSMO), an affiliate with Calicut University in Kerala, India. The chair was created for the specific purpose of recovering and
Six-time GRAMMY Winning 'Ukulele Virtuoso, Daniel Ho, Performs for Archive's 60th Anniversary
Daniel Ho, a six-time GRAMMY Award winner, eleven-time GRAMMY Award nominee, six-time Taiwanese Golden Melody Award winner, and recipient of multiple Hawaiian Music awards will present a virtual concert of his compositions as the third installment of the Musics from Around the World: Southern California Composers in Concert series, part of UCLA World Music Center‘s
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Announces Fall 2019 Season
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Chris Potter, and jazz vocalist Fay Victor, are just two of the artists who will be part of the music school’s Fall 2019 season.