Archives of African American Music and Culture: Indiana University.


Established in 1991, the Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) at Indiana University is a repository of materials covering a range of African American musical idioms and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era. The collections highlight popular, religious, and classical music, with genres ranging from blues and gospel to R&B and contemporary hip hop; and AAAMC (,, 812-855-8547) also houses extensive materials related to the documentation of Black radio.

The AAAMC in its work also supports the research of scholars, students, and the general public worldwide by providing access to holdings which include oral histories, photographs, musical and print manuscripts, audio and video recordings, educational broadcast programs, and the personal papers of individuals and organizations concerned with Black music. We also invite exploration of our collections and related topics through a variety of public events, print and online publications, and pedagogical resources.

The overall mission of the Archives of African American Music and Culture is to establish a unique collection of primary and secondary source materials on African-American music and culture where such materials are scarce or nonexistent; preserve and disseminate these materials for research and instructional purposes; expose materials to the general public through outreach programs such as live performances, exhibitions, seminars, workshops, and summer music camps; engage in collaborative research and creative projects with units at Indiana University as well as with state and national institutions and associations; develop...

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