Founded in 1960 and opening its doors in October 1961, the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive is one of the largest “world music” media archives in North America and includes traditional, folk, popular, and art musics from Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific islands, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Here, the communities of Southern California, international researchers, and UCLA students and faculty can explore the rich variety of musical expressions throughout the world. As part of the University of California and as an institution located within the state, the Archive has a special interest in collecting and preserving the music of California and in collaborating with community partners. The Archive also hosts occasional lectures, performances and screenings from musicians and scholars.

Archive front door with 'Closed for Renovation' sign


Beginning Friday 30 March 2018, the Ethnomusicology Archive will be closed as we undertake our much-anticipated expansion and renovation. During this period, most Archive services may be unavailable. We will re-open in January 2019. (more information)

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