Koto Music collection, Undated  PDF

Overview of the Collection

University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Koto Music collection
4 items  :  EC - 4 audio reels (7 1/2 ips, 2 tr. mono, 7"); Duration: 4:00:00; original archive sheet (includes typed list of contents of reel 1).
Collection Number
Copies of 78-rpm records from the collection of Madame Haru Suwada, San Francisco, dubbed by Robert Garfias in 1960; see collection 1982-002 for processed copies of the same material.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
Access Restrictions

Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives has been collecting and curating unique ethnographic music recordings for over 50 years. Its holdings of more than 15,000 items include field recordings documenting music traditions of all kinds from most areas of the world, concert recordings of visiting musicians, and films and videos of a variety of musical events, as well as several hundred musical instruments. The Archives serves the students and faculty in the UW Ethnomusicology Program, the broader university community, Pacific Northwest tribes, and an international clientele of musicians, students, and teachers.

Archival recordings are available for on-site listening. Depending on collection deposit agreements, copies of some materials may be obtained by researchers. Students are particularly encouraged to utilize archival materials to assist with class projects and help prepare for their own field work. The Archives employs several students each year and works informally with most ethnomusicology students as they begin to consider recording format options, equipment purchase, the practical problems of documentation in the field, and other issues related to their research. Students and other researchers are invited to deposit their field collections in the Archives, which offers secure storage and computer catalog access to all materials.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Tapes noted missing during 1983 inventory; Robert Garfias returned tapes to Archives 2/2008.

Tapes labelled "78 Dubs of Koto Music" I, II, III, and IV.

Collection 82-2 appears to be copies of these tapes processed through autocorrelator, Packburn, and equalizer.

Documentation: Hand-written contents notes (4)

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Jiuta
  • Koto music
  • Music--Japan
  • Sokyoku
  • Sound recordings
  • Personal Names :
  • Garfias, Robert
  • Suwada, Haru, Madame
  • Geographical Names :
  • Japan
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Sound recordings