Head of Collections Position Announcement

The Archives of African American Music and Culture seeks an innovative and highly motivated professional for the position of Head of Collections. This full-time position will begin on July 1, 2022, and be appointed as an academic specialist.

The Head of Collections reports to the AAAMC Director and works collaboratively with the Digital Collections Archivist/Project Manager to acquire and process new collections, promote, and expand awareness of existing collections, nurture relationships with current and potential donors, engage communities within and beyond the university, and maintain currency with emerging trends and best practices in the field. An ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science or Archival Studies is required, as is experience with archival accessioning, appraisal, arrangement, description, and finding aid creation. Preference will be given to applicants with subject knowledge of African American music genres, and experience managing music-related materials.

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AAAMC Speaks Is Back

Watch collections from IU’s Archives of African American Music & Culture come alive through documentaries about the Black music community. This episode premieres on the Indiana University Bloomington YouTube channel on March 25th at 7:30 PM EDT.


The "AAAMC Speaks" documentary series centers the legacy of the Black music community and highlights a wealth of materials available within Indiana University's AAAMC. In each roughly 20-minute episode, AAAMC director Tyron Cooper interviews one pioneer, current industry professional or scholar whose work is connected to holdings at the archives. As “AAAMC Speaks” through this series, the collections come alive, and African American legacies are preserved. New episodes premiere about once a month on the IU Bloomington YouTube channel.

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Welcome to the AAAMC

At the AAAMC, you will find materials covering a range of African American musical idioms and cultural expressions primarily from the post-World War II era. Our collections highlight popular, religious, and classical music, with genres ranging from blues and gospel to R&B and contemporary hip hop. The AAAMC also houses extensive materials related to the documentation of black radio.

More about the AAAMC

Featured collection: Logan H. Westbrooks Collection


More about the Logan H. Westbrooks Collection

Preserving Images

The AAAMC preserves thousands of original photographic prints. Many of these are digitized and available online.

Explore Image Collections

Preserving Media

The AAAMC is an active partner with IU's Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative. Thousands of hours of time-based media from our collections will eventually be available online.

Explore Media Collections