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UW Ethnomusicology Archives: Featured Collections

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


About the Archives

The UW Ethnomusicology Archives contains a wide variety of recordings and related material gathered since 1962. From this and related pages, you can browse a selected subset of these collections. You can also discover finding aids for most all of our collections on ArchivesWest. Contact the curator here with questions. 

Seattle Sounds Archive and Preservation Project 

SSAPP collects and perserves Seattle area music, both vintage and contemporary. Established in 2006 as Puget Sounds, SSAPP aims to provide researchers with enduring access to recordings that capture a constellation of locally performed traditions and styles: roots, raggae, hip hop, funk, be bop, classical, opera, avant-garde, freak folk, noise, thrash metal, punk, edm, emo, shoegazer, grunge, and more. To learn about SSAPP's 50,000+ recordings, click here or get in touch with us at 

Robert Garfias Collections 

Professor Robert Garfias is the founder of both the UW Ethnomusicology Archives and Program. The bulk of Robert   Garfias' collections contain field recordings from East Asia, Western and Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America. His 16mm films are especially noteworthy in the field. His collections also contain concert recordings, visiting artist recordings, and 78-rpm records. To browse the collections in Archives West, click here.

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