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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AAAMC Fall Hours and Remote Access Announcement

Dear AAAMC Supporters,
The Archives of African American Music and Culture facilities will be open to the public for in-person visits beginning August 23rd during our normal hours (9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm Monday thru Friday). We look forward to providing services to students, faculty, researchers and general Black music enthusiasts. In line with current Indiana University mandates, masks are required for all AAAMC onsite visitors. We also invite you to visit us online at You can also email us at On behalf of our entire staff, I thank you for your continued support, and look forward to seeing you soon.
Tyron Cooper, Ph.D.
Director of the Archives of African American Music and Culture

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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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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