Outreach

The Archive engages in a wide array of outreach activities on a number of different fronts. As a UCLA in LA participant and awardee the Archive is working to document, preserve, and provide access to LA musics. In 2003-04, the Archive and Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts collaborated on a the UCLA in LA funded “Archiving Filipino-American Music in Los Angeles” (AFAMILA). And for 2004-05, the Archive and the Heritage Music Foundation are working together on the UCLA in LA funded “Gospel Archiving in Los Angeles” (GALA). By working with these and other local non-profits, the Archive has entered a new phase of community-oriented outreach.

The Archive is also committed to repatriating copies of Archive field recordings to the family and/or community members of the individuals who are represented on the recordings. In the fall 2002 the Archive repatriated a number of Cherokee field recordings from the Charlotte Heth Collection (call number 75.2). With the consent of Dr. Heth, the Archive made dubs of Stomp Dance recordings for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian (MOCI). Many of the Stomp Dance songs recorded by Dr. Heth in the 1970s have been forgotten. Cherokee Indian David Winston, who is working with MOCI archivist Bo Taylor in facilitating the repatriation, writes that the repatriated recordings will “be put to good use at our Stomp Dance grounds.” In addition, the Archive recently repatriated both audio and video recordings of the Cherokee singer Archie Sam to one of his former students in Oklahoma. These recordings are used to teach Archie Sam’s forgotten songs to a new generation of Cherokee performers.

Internationally, the Archive has worked with Professors Lorraine Sakata and Margaret Mills on the Central Asian Archiving Project. This multi-year outreach project aims to begin preserving and increasing access to Central Asian folk heritage audiovisual collections. The first part of the project included a survey of collections and culminated in a weeklong workshop in Dushanbe where Central Asian archivists and collectors learned about grant writing and digital preservation. John Vallier, former Archivist at the Ethnomusicology Archive, participated in the workshop and spoke about the in and outs of digital preservation.

On a campus-wide level, the Archive has hosted a radio show, publishes an audiovisual blog, installs exhibits, hosts events, holds classes, provides reference services, and–in many respects–serves as the central meeting place for the Department of Ethnomusicology. The Archive also offers internships to UCLA graduate students. These internships offer students opportunities to experience working in a unique archival setting. At the same time, these internships-like all of our outreach activities– benefit the Archive’s mission to protect and provide access to our collections.