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Welcome to my profile. See below for an overview of what I do at UW. Please send me an email if you think I can help you: 

  • As head of the UW Ethnomusicology Archives, I steward over 50,000 recordings and films that document international, national, and regional music traditions. Much of my work revolves around access, preservation, and digital repatriation, especially of our North American Indigenous collections. The Archives is also home to the Seattle Sounds Archives Project (SSAP), a sub-archive of local music that includes the Kearney Barton, Crocodile Cafe, and 206 Hip Hop collections. 
  • I'm also head of media for UW Libraries. In this role I curate access to historic radio and 16mm film collections as well as provide support for audio/video/films related projects. Until its closure in 2021, I managed the Media Arcade.
  • As affiliate faculty in UW Ethnomusicology and Honors, I facilitate the critical exploration of music, sounds, cinema, remix, and archives across disciplinary boundaries. As part of this I support undergraduate independent studies, serve on graduate student MA and PhD defense committees, and offer courses. You can learn more about my courses here


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John Vallier
University of Washington
Suzzallo Box 352900
Seattle, WA 98195-2900
(206) 616-1210
Subjects: Music & Audio

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