Highlights from the Ethnomusicology Archive: More Mantle Hood materials coming to the Archive

Mantle Hood (1918-2005) was a pioneer in the field of ethnomusicology and the Founder and Director of the UCLA Institute (now Department) of Ethnomusicology.  Hood was on the UCLA Faculty from 1956 to 1975.  "Mantle Hood was a seminal figure in the field of ethnomusicology and his influence was far reaching," said Christopher Waterman, UCLA World Arts and Cultures. "He trained numerous young scholars who went on to found ethnomusicology programs at the University of Washington, Brown, UC Berkeley, Wesleyan University, Florida State University, as well as programs and research institutes in many other countries."

In 2011, Hood's sons, Marlowe, Maiyo, Mitro and Madé, donated many of Hood's early papers and correspondence to the Ethnomusicology Archive.

We are pleased to announce that this summer, Hood's widow, Hazel Chung-Hood, and sons, Marlowe, Maiyo, Mitro and Madé, donated additional materials to the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive.  The collection will be processed the coming academic year and we will make an announcement when the collection is available for viewing and research.  In the meantime, I thought we would whet your appetites with a sneak peek at some of the materials on their way to UCLA.

Audio tape reel labeled "1967 Festival, 5-13-67, Africa"

Videocassette (VHS) labeled "Symphonic Music of Oman"

Notes labeled "Berkeley lecture 8-14-64"

Slides... thousands of slides...

Video reel labeled "Tejakula"

So you don't think all archival materials arrive in pristine condition, nicely labeled, boxed, and ready for use

How archivists usually first see a collection... in boxes in the garage, attic or basement...


To see parts of the collection that are currently processed, make an appointment and visit the Archive.

Thanks to Aaron for the images of the in-process collection!

Photos © Mantle Hood, All Right Reserved. (For permission to use any Hood images, contact the Archivists.)

Photos © Regents of the University of California, All Right Reserved. (For permission to use any Hood images, contact the Archivists.)

"Sounding Board" is intended as a space for scholars to publish thoughts and observations about their current work. These postings are not peer reviewed and do not reflect the opinion of Ethnomusicology Review. We support the expression of controversial opinions, and welcome civil discussion about them. We do not, however, tolerate overt discrimination based on race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or religion, and reserve the right to remove posts that we feel might offend our readers.