UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Melville Jacobs recordings (Pacific NW Native American Music), Undated

Overview of the Collection

UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Melville Jacobs recordings (Pacific NW Native American Music)
35 items  :  EC - 35 reels; assorted notes.
Collection Number
Recorded between 1929-1962 on cylinder and aluminum, acetate, and RCA pregrooved discs, mainly in western Oregon and Washington.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
Access Restrictions

Recordings are restricted. Contact ethnoarc@uw.edu for details.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Melville Jacobs (1902-1971) was an anthropologist and teacher from New York City who is known for his work with the indigenous populations of the Pacific Northwest. He graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1922 with his BA, from Columbia University in 1923 with his MA in American history, and from Columbia again in 1931 with his PhD in anthropology. He taught at the University of Washington from 1928 to 1971 while he studied the music, languages, cultures, and traditions of the indigenous peoples of Oregon State. During his studies, Jacobs worked with the Clackamas Chinook, Tillamook Salish, Alsea, Hanis and Miluk Coos, Upper Umpqua and Galice, Creek Athabaskan, Sahaptin, Molale, and Kalapuya peoples. His work focused on music, traditional stories, and grammatical paradigms. He collected various materials during his field studies, including sound recordings, baskets, and dolls.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

The Melville Jacobs Collection is located in the University of Washington Libraries, Special collections; a set of the Jacobs recordings (on analog reel) to be stored in the Ethnomusicology Archives was made in 1973; several other manifestations exist.

Most of the Jacobs recordings (and recordings made by others that are included in the Jacobs Collection) have been digitized.

Documentation: contents listed in "Guide to Pacific Northwest Native American materials in the Jacobs collection..." held in UW Special Collections. The numbering system of the Ethnomusicology Archives set is not the same as that used in the Guide.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Melville Jacobs papers

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • American Indian
  • Ethnomusicology
  • NW Coast Indians

Geographical Names

  • North America
  • United States

Form or Genre Terms

  • Sound recordings