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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.


UW acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.

UW Ethnomusicology stands 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 amplifying 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 West. The 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

Voices of the First People

Voices of the First People honors the life and work of Vi Hilbert by making accessible audio and video that are part of her collection in the Archives. 

Global Field Recordings

Global Field Recordings  Access for all on-campus; login required from off-campus 

Unique field recordings from ethnomusicology archives at UW and UCLA. UW content features recordings made by UW ethnomusicology founder Robert Garfias and includes music and sounds from Bali, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Japan, Korea, Laos, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Nicaragua, Mexico, Myanmar, the Philippines, Romania, Zimbabwe and beyond. The Adam Matthew product also includes interviews, notebooks, slides, correspondence and ephemera.

Barton on Light in the Attic

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

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

Featured Collection - John Blacking's "How Musical is Man?"

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