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Welcome. See below for an overview of the variety of roles I play at UW. Please send me an email if you think I can help you with your research or projects: 

  • As archivist and sole employee for 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. The Archives is also home to the Seattle Sounds Project, a sub-archive of local music that includes the Kearney Barton, Crocodile Cafe, and 206 Hip Hop collections. 
  • As affiliate assistant professor in UW Ethnomusicology, I facilitate the exploration of subjects across disciplinary boundaries. As part of this I support undergraduate independent studies, serve on graduate student MA and PhD defense committees, and offer courses in Honors, Cinema and Media Studies, and Ethnomusicology. Learn more about my courses here.
  • Between September 2022 and August 2025, I'm also UW Project Lead for the CLIR-funded and WSU-led Native Northwest Online: Connecting Communities and Collections through Collaborative Curation 
  • As of December 2022, I've additionally been tasked with being the sound recording archivist in UW Libraries Special Collections. This work will include my continuing curation of the Milo Ryan Phonoarchive.
  • Outside of UW I'm involved with a handful of archive and digital humanities related projects, such as: 
    • Research Fellow for Sound Submissions, a digital humanities program in the Recorded Sound Section of the Library of Congress' National Audio-Visual Conservation Center.
    • Member and former chair of the Society for Ethnomusicology Archiving Special Interest Group.
    • Consultant for the NEH-funded "America’s Music Scenes in the Age of Social Media" project. 

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

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