To bring inspiration and innovation to the documentation, exploration and sharing of Black music and culture.


  • To establish a unique collection of primary and secondary source materials on African-American music and culture where such materials are scarce or nonexistent
  • To preserve and disseminate these materials for research and instructional purposes
  • To expose materials to the general public through outreach programs such as live performances, exhibitions, seminars, workshops, and summer music camps
  • To engage in collaborative research and creative projects with units at Indiana University as well as with state and national institutions and associations
  • To develop instructional multi-media materials related to various aspects of African American music
  • To provide practical experiences in archiving and the preparation of materials for public use