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UW Ethnomusicology Archives: Welcome

The UW Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy Archives has been col­lecting and curating unique ethnographic music recordings, films, and video since 1962.

photo of casette tapes

We acknowledge the people--past, present, future--of the dxʷdəwʔabš, Duwamish Tribe, Muckleshoot Tribe, and other tribes on whose ancestral lands we study and work.

The UW Ethnomusicology Program and Archives stand in solidarity with our African American students and other students of color at the UW as well as with our African American colleagues and other colleagues of color...[more]

The UW Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy Archives has been col­lecting, preserving, and curating unique ethnographic music recordings since 1962. Our holdings of more than 50,000 items include films and field recordings documenting international, national, and regional music traditions. Click here to search our collections on Archives WestThe Archives serve anyone with an interest in our collections: students and faculty in the UW Ethnomusicology Program, the broader UW community, Pacific Northwest tribal members, film and music producers, local music fans and scholars, and a range of international scholars. If you have questions about the Archives, contact the curator at

Photo of Vi Hilbert with the following text: Voices of the First People: Audio and video recordings from the Vi Hilbert Collection. Voices of the First People is a project created to honor the life and work of Vi Hilbert by making accessible audio and video recordings that are part of the Vi Hilbert Collection in the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives. It is a Project of Northwest Heritage Resources in partnership with the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives and Lushootseed Research. Jill La Point, granddaughter of Vi Hilbert and president of Lushootseed Research, has acted as project advisor.

We have partnered with the amazing Light in the Attic Records on a swell double LP release: Kearney Barton Architect of the Northwest Sound. MMM MMM MMM!

Record cover for the LP Architect of the Northwest Sound by Kearney Barton

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