Collection & Resources

Upcoming Events

Black History Month: A Celebration
A collaboration with the studio of Marietta Simpson celebrating the friendship of Langston Hughes and Nicolas Guillén and related musical settings of their works
Sunday, February 23 | 6 PM | Auer Hall


For details and all Spring 2020 events, click here.

General Information

The Latin American Music Center, in conjunction with the Cook Music Library and Lilly Library at Indiana University, is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Latin American art music in the world.  This collection is comprised of thousands of items and includes rare manuscripts, published scores, colonial music anthologies, sound recordings, books, dissertations, periodicals, microfilms, and miscellaneous documents such as letters and photographs. Important private collections have been donated to the LAMC as well, such as the one belonging to Guillermo Espinosa, which was received in 1992.

Individuals interested in browsing or researching our collection should be aware that there is no separate facility hosting exclusively the LAMC collection. With limited exceptions, the holdings of the LAMC collection are part of the William and Gayle Cook Music Library collection, and a significant selection of its holdings may be searched through the Indiana University Online Catalog (IUCAT) The center is currently in the process of making available online a list of composers represented in the collection (see below).  A detailed albeit selective listing of the LAMC's holdings up to ca. 1995 is found in the book Scores and Recordings at the Indiana University Latin American Music Center by Ricardo Lorenz, Gerardo Dirié, and Luis Hernández (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995).  An internal database available at the LAMC office allows for more powerful music searches using criteria such as country of origin and gender of the composer, instrumentation and genre represented by the score, etc.  

Additional Latin American music materials are found in other Indiana University units, especially the Lilly Library, the Archives of Traditional Music, the Folklore Collection at the Herman B. Wells Library, and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Select items of note include sixteenth- and seventeenth-century music codices from Guatemala and the Julián Orbón Collection at the Lilly Library, the Latin American musical instruments in the Mathers Museum, and the many unique field recordings from throughout Latin America in the Archives of Traditional Music, which is the largest university-based ethnographic sound archives in the United States. Also worthy of mention is the sheer size of the Folklore Collection, which is the largest single library collection of its type in North America.

Special Collections

Many of the LAMC's holdings are part of special collections donated by prominent composers, patrons, and collectors. For more information about these contents, please click on the name of the collection you wish to explore:

Composers Represented In the LAMC Collections

The LAMC is currently in the process of making a list of composers represented in the collection.  A sampling of our archives are now available for browsing here: 
Composers Represented in the LAMC Collections.  

As our archives contain thousands of items by hundreds of composers, this online listing will be constantly updated. 

Viewing and Visiting the Collection

Because the majority of the LAMC's holdings are available through the William and Gayle Cook Music Library, we encourage individuals interested in browsing or researching our collection to begin with a search through the Indiana University's online catalog (IUCAT) Entries in IUCAT will provide patrons with general information about the holdings of the LAMC (composer, title, publishing information, availability, etc.) We also encourage you to browse the list of Composers Represented in the LAMC CollectionsPatrons may visit items held at the Cook Music Library during library hours.

Individuals interested in viewing items not available through the William and Gayle Cook Music Library are invited to visit the collection by appointment. To inquire about such materials or schedule a visit, please e-mail

General Research Resources & Inquiries

Due to the overwhelming demand from the general public to answer queries regarding Latin American Music which often times fall outside the scope of our mission to advance and provide highly specialized research on the topic, we can no longer offer research services to the general public. A list of general sources can be found below. We apologize for any inconvenience

We are currently in the process of creating a listing of online databases to help researchers:  

You can also find a list of resources by following the links below. These resources aim to provide the general public, as well as musicians, with sources of information about Latin American music (popular, traditional, and art music). Call numbers correspond to those found at the William and Gayle Cook Music Library unless otherwise specified. Please note that these sections have not been updated since 2015 but remain available for use.