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Traditional Music Archives

The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music maintains the Traditional Music Archives, home to unique, extensive and easily searchable collections of audio recordings, videos, historical documents and photographs of traditional musicians. 
This repository contains many unique recordings and findings that aren’t available even at the U.S. National Archives in Washington or the Academy of Country Music Foundation in Nashville. Materials include unreleased recordings from artists such as Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley (Lonesome Mountain Boys) and Mark O’Connor’s extensive pre-Nashville collection of recordings including his first performances with David Grisman and first rehearsals with Stephane Grappelli, collections from traditional music scholars like John Harrod and Bruce Greene (Kentucky Fiddlers Collection), old-time banjo historian George R. Gibson (Knott County Banjo Collection), and photographs from Molly O'Day and George Lee Hawkins' families.
The digital collection is accessible in the Archival Listening Room and open to students and the general public for research and listening, during normal operating hours or by appointment.