Experiential Learning at the Archives

Appreciation for the Archives of Traditional Music

“I feel the Archives have shaped my career,” Lopez says. “My whole trajectory changed.” Learning the processes for archival research expanded her view. The continuing support of the staff keeps her going. She credits Collections and Cataloging Librarian Allison McClanahan for always being there to help her, and the current director of the ATM, Alan Burdette, for his guidance and support in pursuing a digital humanities project.  Lopez loves getting to hear recordings and says that indexing a collection in a language you don’t speak is difficult, but is highly instructional regarding other cultures. “The Archive opened to me a whole world, a different world.”

Lopez suggests new students come to the Archive with an open mind. “Dig into the Archives. Go there. Go explore out of curiosity. You’ll never know what you will find.”