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University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
James P. Leary (Project Director: July 2015 to present)
Jeanette L. Casey (Co Project Director: March 2016 to present)

Local Centers/Global Sounds: Historic Recordings and Midwestern Musical Vernaculars

Archival processing, digital reformatting and preservation, and increased access to nearly 800 hours of 78 rpm and field recordings and supporting archival materials related to musical cultures of European ethnic communities in the Upper Midwest.

Mills Music Library, the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, and partners at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seek implementation support for ongoing efforts to arrange, describe, catalog, conserve, digitize, and disseminate a unique body of historic, regional, endangered, mostly inaccessible sound recordings: "foreign series" 78 rpm recordings produced for immigrant, ethnic, and indigenous audiences by American companies in the first half of the 20th century; and original field and home recordings from the 1950s through the 1990s featuring the Upper Midwest's culturally diverse traditional musicians. This project will result in: online finding aids for 4 significant multi-format collections; the cataloguing and digitization of 800 hours of historic field, home, and 78 rpm recordings; digitization and meta-data for at least 3,000 images and 1,000 pages of field recording indexes and notes; and a series of related public programs.

Project fields:
American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; Music History and Criticism

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$260,000 (approved)
$260,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 4/30/2020