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UW Ethnomusicology Archives: Ter Ellingson Collection

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

Ter Ellingson Collection


About Ter Ellingson

Ter Ellingson is Professor of Music and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion and South Asian Studies at the University of Washington. He holds an M.A. in Religion from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Anthropology/Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin. Ellingson's areas of specialization include Tibet, Nepal, Buddhist Cultures; Ritual, Symbolism, History, Notation/Transcription, and Visual Media. He is the author of: The Mandala of Sound: Sound and Concept in Tibetan Ritual Music(Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)The Discovery of Music: Transcription and the Search for Ethnomusicological Paradigms (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming)The Myth of the Noble Savage (University of California Press, 2001).

Collection Overview

World map with Indonesia, Canada, Ghana, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, and Turkey highlighted

The Ter Ellingson Collection includes field and concert recordings created in Seattle and abroad. The majority of the collection focuses on Tibet, India, and Nepal. 

portrait photograph of Ellingson


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