Archive Update 2002-03

by John Vallier, Interim Archivist

This 2002-2003 academic year has been a busy one in the Ethnomusicology Archive. Among other things, we…

Acquired and processed a number of commercial and unpublished field recording collections. These include the Jean Borgatti Collection (2002.3 - Nigeria), D.K. Wilgus Folksong Collection (2002.3 – United States), Lalo Schifrin Collection (2002.4 – Oman), J.H. Kwabena Nketia Oral History Collection (2003.1 – United States/Ghana), Lise Paret-Limardo de Vela (2003.2 – Guatemala), and Don Eduardo Collection (2003.3 – United States/Mexico);

Received two grants: one awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) to digitize our collection of Native American field recordings, and the other awarded by UCLA's Office of Instructional Development to digitize select photographs, videos, films, and sound recordings for the department’s Music Cultures of the World classes (20A/B/C).

And started broadcasting a weekly radio show on www.uclaradio.com. Entitled "Sounds from the Vaults of the Ethnomusicology Archive," we feature—yes, that's right—sounds from our "vaults." More information about the show can found here: /Archive/radio_show.htm

Besides being a busy year for the Archive, 2002-3 has also been one of changes. In July 2002, Archivist Louise Spear began a temporary leave of absence to develop sound archives for the GRAMMY Foundation. Since then a number of other career opportunities have been presented to Louise. After giving it considerable thought, Louise decided to pursue these other options and retire from UCLA effective July 1, 2003. We will miss Louise's professionalism and the support she has given faculty, students, and archive visitors over her nearly 20 years here.

Many people have contributed to making this year a successful one. Maureen Russell—Head of Cataloging and Archive Operations Manager—has, among other things, cataloged and made accessible via Orion2 a mass of sound recordings. Professor Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje—Director of the Archive—has actively supported the Archive and its mission. Graduate Student Researcher Abimbola Cole has logged numerous hours in our compact sound lab, digitizing field recordings from Uganda, South Africa, the Philippines, and Chile. Graduate students Rachel Bieber, Sathya Burchman, Todd Honma, Liz Hubartt, Katie Moore, Liza Poras, and Jesse Samba Wheeler have successfully tackled myriad archival projects. Last—and certainly not least—Yanni Afendoulis has not only worked on making our collections more accessible, he has brewed gallon upon gallon of coffee and cooked up a smorgasbord of savory dishes for our afternoon coffee break.

To keep up to date on Archive happenings check out our newsletter, the EAR: /Archive/ear.htm. And, as always, we encourage you to come by and explore our holdings. We look forward to seeing you here.