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.

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Teresa Hairston Collection

Announcing the Teresa Hairston Collection! Generously donated by Dr. Hairston, this collection includes thousands of materials created or collected during her career in the gospel music industry - including magazines, photographs, videos, and sound recordings. This extensive collection is available for exploring at AAAMC on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus, and is currently being processed for future online access. For more questions please contact AAAMC. Further information to come about this collection soon.

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Funkology

Funk music pioneer William “Bootsy” Collins, and premiere funk music scholar Dr. Scot Brown from UCLA visited the IU Bloomington campus on Tuesday March 20, 2018. Hosted by the IU Archives of African American Music and Culture, Collins and Brown participated in a free public event, “Funkology: A Conversation with Bootsy Collins and Dr. Scot Brown,” at the IU Cinema. Sponsors for the event included: Office of the Provost; Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs; IU Cinema; Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center; Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies; and the African American Arts Institute.

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Featured collection: Logan H. Westbrooks Collection


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Preserving Images

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

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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.

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