Archives of Traditional Music

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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 110,000 recordings that include more than 3,300 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.

Hand playing the Gu-zheng


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. Advance appointments are strongly encouraged.

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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  • ATMuse

    ATMuse is a collaborative effort between archives, publishers, scholars, and museums to provide time-based media and image collections in conjunction with publications and exhibits.

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Collections and Cataloging Librarian
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(812) 855-8631
Administrative Assistant
(812) 855-4679

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Land Acknowledgment

We wish to acknowledge and honor the Indigenous communities native to this region, and recognize that Indiana University Bloomington is built on Indigenous homelands and resources. We recognize the myaamiaki [Miami], Lënape [Delaware], Bodwéwadmik [Potawatomi], and saawanwa [Shawnee] peoples as past, present, and future caretakers of this land.

We are dedicated to amplifying Indigenous voices and perspectives, improving community relationships, correcting the narrative, and making the IUB campus a more supportive and inclusive place for Native and Indigenous students, faculty and staff.  We encourage everyone to engage with contemporary communities, to learn the histories of this land, to look at who has and does not have access to its resources, and to examine your own place, abilities, and obligations within this process of reparative work that is necessary to promote a more equitable and socially just Indiana University Bloomington.

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