About the Archive

1630 Schoenberg Music Bldg
Los Angeles CA 90095-1657
(310) 825-1695
For Fall 2018: (310) 825-6280

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.

Message from the Archivists
Message from the Archivists

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 UCLA Alpert’s “crown jewels.”