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.
The Archive is open by appointment, Monday through Friday.
To make an appointment, please fill out the Archive Appointment Request Form or call us at 310-825-1695. PLEASE MAKE APPOINTMENT REQUESTS AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE.
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For an introduction to research in Ethnomusicology, check out our Research Guide