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Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14853-2801)
Katherine Reagan (Project Director: July 2015 to present)

Documenting the Origins of Hip Hop: Arrangement, Description, and Access for the Archive of Afrika Bambaataa

The arrangement, description, and partial digitization of the Afrika Bambaataa Archive, 550 linear feet documenting the work of one of the founders of Hip Hop music and culture.

This grant proposal seeks funding for the arrangement, description, cataloging, digital preservation and access for the archive of Afrika Bambaataa, a founding figure and pillar of Hip Hop culture. Part of the Cornell University Hip Hop Collection (CHHC), Bambaataa's archive arrived at Cornell University Library in December of 2013 in three trailer trucks. It is the most extensive gathering of original sources by any of Hip Hop's founders, and the first substantive archive of its kind to be preserved in an institutional research repository. By arranging and describing Bambaataa's archive, making it open and accessible, and preserving its at-risk media, Cornell University Library will support a growing body of international scholars and educators who study Hip Hop not only for its global influence on popular music, art and style, but also for its role in articulating social and political issues.

Project fields:
African American History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$260,000 (approved)
$259,993 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 10/31/2019