LAMC Special Collections

The library of the Latin American Music Center is one of the most comprehensive collections of Latin American art music in the world.  It 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, and which was received in 1992.

The LAMC collection is part of the Jacobs School of Music William and Gayle Cook Music Library 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.  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.