Welcome to the Indiana collections at the ATM!
On this guide you can:
In December of 2020, ATM Director Alan Burdette and ATM Librarian Allison McClanahan gave a virtual presentation discussing Indiana collections and materials in the Archives of Traditional Music's holdings. Many of the collections and resources mentioned in this guide are featured in the presentation, as well as audio examples of collections found on the highlights page. You can find the recording of the presentation at https://go.iu.edu/3uVW.
The Archives of Traditional Music began acquiring Indiana recordings from its inception, including very early lacquer disc copies of Alan Lomax’s Indiana recordings from the Library of Congress.
The Folklore Institute had a small collection of field recordings made by graduate students in the department starting in the late 1950s and into the mid-1960s. These collections were then deposited in the ATM, and related paper materials became the Folklore Collection in the IU Archives.
Some ATM Indiana collections statistics:
Below are some visualization maps for Indiana collections held at Archives of Traditional Music.
Indiana Collections Geospatial Dispersement Map.
While collections held at the Archives of Traditional Music have been recorded across the state of Indiana, there are regions and locations in Indiana which have a greater number of collections recorded there, including Gary/Calumet Region, Indianapolis, and Bloomington.
Indiana Collections Density Map.
Regions across Indiana are represented in the map below. Northeastern Indiana (Purple), “The Region"/Chicago Metro/Rust Belt (Blue), Central Indiana Plains (Green), Indianapolis Metro Area (Yellow), Wabash Valley (Orange), and Southern Indiana/Upland South (Red). All of these regions, along with their distinct cultures, are represented in Archives of Traditional Music collections.
Indiana Regionality Map.