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The Crocodile Café Collection contains over 3000 hours of live music recordings. Recorded at the Café between 2002 and 2007 by audio engineer Jim Anderson, these recordings document performances by dozens of artists, notable and obscure.


The Crocodile Café Collection contains over 5 years of unique live audio and video recordings. Recorded at the Crocodile Café between May 2002 and December 2007 by audio engineer Jim Anderson, these recordings document performances by 2,000+ artists. From indie rock to punk, freak folk to noise, and Disney cover to shoegazer, the collection captures numerous memorable and energetic performances. Whatever your opinion of a particular band, the authentic and crystalline quality of the recordings is a testament to the audio engineering prowess of the collection's donor and creator, Jim Anderson. Want to listen? Come visit the Media Arcade on Allen Library's 3rd floor or check out a few samples on the "Listen!" tab above.

Croc Collection Word Cloud


Listen to audio and watch videos from the Crocodile Cafe Collection on our Archival Jukebox. It's located outside of the former Media Arcade, on the 3rd floor of Allen Library north, UW Seattle. It's free and everyone is welcome, but be sure to check out the library's hours before coming by. 


Jim Anderson @ the Croc's board.

Q: Can I listen to the recordings?

A: Yes, on the 3rd floor of Allen Library north, UW Seattle. Click here to listen to a small sample of performances.

Q: Do I need to be affiliated with the UW in order to listen to them?

A: No. While it is the Libraries' primary mission is to serve members of the UW community, the general public is encouraged to come and listen. Don't be shy. Come be our guest!

Q: What's in the collection?

A: Click here to view a list of the collection's contents.

Q: Why aren't the recordings online?

A: The University of Washington owns the recordings but not the rights to the intellectual content on the recordings. Therefore, in order to provide researchers access to the material while preventing unauthorized duplication and distribution of the recordings, we restrict access to in-library use only. We want to be sure that we are working on the side of the artists by both preserving their legacy and protecting their intellectual content.

Q: Why is it housed at the University of Washington?

A: Jim Anderson donated the original recordings to the UW Ethnomusicology Archives in October 2008 (Collection number 2008.12). They are being preserved and made accessible by the Archives and the UW Libraries. This collection complements the Ethnomusicology Archive's Seattle Sounds project. 

Q: What if I have questions or concerns about the collection?

A: Please contact John Vallier.