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Ethnomusicologist and media archivist @ UW in Seattle


Welcome! Please see below for an overview of what I do at UW and send me an email if you think I can help you: 

  • I'm curator/archivist and sole staff member at the Ethnomusicology Archives. The Archives, which has been col­lecting unique ethnographic music recordings since the early 1960s, is one of the largest academic archives of its kind. Its holdings of over 50,000 recordings and films document international, national, and regional music traditions. Much of my work revolves around preservation and digital repatriation, especially of the Libraries' North American Indigenous collections. The Archives is also home to the Seattle Sounds Archives Project (SSAP), a sub-archive of local music I developed 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 affiliate faculty in UW Ethnomusicology and Honors, I facilitate the critical exploration of music, sounds, cinema, remix, and archives across disciplinary boundaries. You can learn more about the courses I offer 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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