Archives of Traditional Music
Welcome to the Archives of Traditional Music
The Archives of Traditional Music (ATM) is an audiovisual archive that documents music and culture from all over the world. With over 100,000 recordings that include more than 2,700 field collections, it is one of the largest university-based ethnographic sound archives in the United States.
Its holdings cover a wide range of cultural and geographical areas, vocal and instrumental music, linguistic materials, folktales, interviews, and oral history, as well as videotapes, photographs, and manuscripts.
To learn more about our collections and listen to some sample recordings, explore our Collection Highlights.
Would you like to visit the ATM? Useful information about our location, hours, parking, policies, and more is on the Planning a Visit page.
Join the Friends of the Archives of Traditional Music. We are grateful for IU donors, whose support allows us to continue to grow and serve as one of the most important archives of ethnographic sound and audiovisual materials in the United States.
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Thanks to the work of scholars Xavier Vatin and Cassio Nobre, and funding from the Brazilian Ministry, 1,000 copies of a 2 CD-set and catalogue describing the recordings held at IU Libraries Archives of Traditional Music have been distributed to Afro-Brazilian religious communities. A second volume was released in October 2019, featuring 4 CDs, a catalog, and the new documentary film.