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Planned gift ensures future support for Ethnomusicology Archives

Submitted by Humanities Web Project on November 28, 2012 - 12:00am
Robert Garfias
Robert Garfias, left, founded the Ethnomusicology program at the UW in 1962

At the heart of the UW’s Ethnomusicology program is its extensive collection of archival materials, considered to be one of the most important Ethnomusicology archives in the nation. Established in 1963, the Ethnomusicology Archives contain more than 1,500 collections (17,000 physical items) of archival recordings in a variety of audio, film, and video formats, as well as 484 musical instruments. These materials are utilized by scholars from throughout the world as well as by current UW students completing class projects and preparing for their own field work.

Among the many student dissertations and masters theses included in the archives are papers by Ethnomusicology alumna Carol Campbell, who earned master’s (1974) and doctoral degrees (1983) in music at UW, and her husband, Daniel Grinstead, who earned a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology in 1970. Campell's dissertation explored a Swahili poetic form and Grinstead's master's thesis presented a history and analysis of the music of player piano rolls.

In addition to contributing scholarly work to the Archives, the couple recently included a gift to the Ethnomusicology Archives in their estate plans. Their generosity will ensure future support for one of the School of Music’s most distinctive resources and will benefit future generations of scholars the world over.

“This wonderful gift will provide important support for the ongoing work of the Archives,” says Laurel Sercombe, Ethnomusicology Archivist. “We are very grateful to Dan and Carol for their generosity.”

To make a gift in support of the UW Ethnomusicology program, please call Camille Perezselsky at 206.543.1221, or email

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