Located at 2805 E. 10th Street on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, the Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) serves as a repository of Black music and its accompanying cultural material, post-World War II.
Established in 1991, the AAAMC contains collections of diverse genres, including the blues, classical, hip-hop, popular, R&B and religious, and aspects of its production, such as the music industry. Perhaps what is most unique about these materials is the creation of a collection specifically dedicated to Black radio.
The purpose of the Archives of African American Music and Culture, according to its website, is “to establish a unique primary and secondary source material collection of African-American music and culture where such materials are scarce or nonexistent, and to preserve and disseminate these materials for research and instructional purposes.” Providing these materials via outreach and engagement is how the AAAMC executes its mission. This outreach and engagement occur in creative forms, including exhibitions, live performances, seminars and workshops, and can be presented as public events, in journals and periodicals, and educational resources.