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 Remote Access Announcement

Dear AAAMC Supporters,
In keeping with Indiana University’s ongoing response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) circumstance, the Archives of African American Music and Culture facilities will be closed to the public from March 16th until futher notice.  However, we will continue to provide services to students, faculty, and researchers through our online platforms. We 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 wish you good health.
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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