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Collecting the Sounds of and Stories of Alaska

The Alaska Music Archive is a growing, living collection of recordings by Alaskans, both historical and contemporary. We collect music and language recordings of all types, in all formats, from the last century to the present. 

 

The Archive actively seeks material including single recordings and large collections. If you have any rare Alaskan music, recorded communication, or Native Alaskan language, contact us.

What we collect

  • Symphonic recordings

  • Alaskan bands

  • Recorded letters and communication

  • Alaskana of all sorts

  • Spoken word recordings

  • Alaska Native language recordings

 

We preserve anything that represents the musical history of Alaska and all audio representations of Alaska’s unique history and people. If it made a sound, sang a song, or told a story, we want to know about it.

 

See the list of recordings already in the archive here.

Why are we collecting it?

For decades, independent Alaskan musicians have been creating, recording, and releasing music. Small-scale recording labels and DIY productions have captured songs and stories that may have existed as only a few dozen copies in the first place. Some recordings in the archive represent individual, one-of-a-kind tapes. 

 

Loss, damage, and simple degradation threaten these original recordings. Combined with efforts to cultivate and promote Alaska’s 20 distinct Native languages, we see a need to make space and services available for high-quality preservation and an opportunity to create a rich, diverse resource library. 

 

High-quality digitization preserves these precious sounds so they can be enjoyed, studied, and most of all heard for years — and generations — to come. 

 

We value Alaska’s history in sound as a living, ongoing story. The Archive not only locates and preserves past recordings but creates new material with the vital participants in Alaska’s music and language communities of today.

 

What will happen to your recording

For decades, independent Alaskan musicians have been creating, recording, and releasing music. Small-scale recording labels and DIY productions have captured songs and stories that may have existed as only a few dozen copies in the first place. Some recordings in the archive represent individual, one-of-a-kind tapes. 

 

Loss, damage, and simple degradation threaten these original recordings. Combined with efforts to cultivate and promote Alaska’s 20 distinct Native languages, we see a need to make space and services available for high-quality preservation and an opportunity to create a rich, diverse resource library. 

 

High-quality digitization preserves these precious sounds so they can be enjoyed, studied, and most of all heard for years — and generations — to come. 

 

We value Alaska’s history in sound as a living, ongoing story. The Archive not only locates and preserves past recordings but creates new material with the vital participants in Alaska’s music and language communities of today.

 

    Contact    

Alaska Music Archives

355 West Potter Drive

Anchorge AK  99518

alaskamusicarchives@gmail.com

 

Tel: 907-562-3754

© 2015 by Kurt Riemann / Alaska Music Archives