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Indian Music of the Southwest and Mexico Collection

Identifier: MU-4

Scope and Content

The collection is a representation of the music traditions of various Southwestern American Indian and Mexican tribes. It consists of songs duplicated from commercial records that were, in turn, based on the field recordings collected by several notable folk music historians. The name of the native group is given when known, as is the name of the collector. The songs in this collection from Laura Boulton and Willard Rhodes also appear on commercial albums, which are catalogued and held by the UNM Library. Those from John H. Green and John S. Candelario are not found elsewhere in this Library, and are unique.

Various native languages are used in these recordings. There are songs from the Yaqui, Yuma, Chichimeca, Maya, Tarascan, Otomi, Zapotec and Ticul Indians. Others are songs of the Pima, Papago, Mohave and Hopi. In addition, there are songs from Taos Pueblo, Zuni Pueblo, San Ildefonso Pueblo and Santa Ana Pueblo, and from the Navajo, Apache and Mescalero Apache peoples. Some of the songs are in Spanish.


  • [193?]-1963


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publications or distribution.


4 CDs plus guidebook with background information.


This collection of sound recordings was donated to the John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music by the Music Department of the University of New Mexico. It consisted of three reels of pre-1963 commercial recordings of Native American music from Mexico and the Southwestern United States, which have been reformatted to CD.

Related Archival Material

Paul Tosa Collection of Jemez Pueblo Music Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Manuel Archuleta collection of Pueblo Indian, Navajo and Hopi music Center for Southwest Research, General Libraries, University of New Mexico James B. Wright Collection of Southwestern Native American and Hispanic Music, Interviews and Literary Programs Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Sally Noe collection of Gallup oral histories and Southwest Native American music Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico

Processing Information

Cassettes reformatted to CDin June 2011.

NOTE: The order of items on the CDs matches the order of items in the list below. However, due to the reformatting process, CD tracks do not necessarily start or stop at the same events as the list below.
Finding Aid of the Indian Music of the Southwest and Mexico Collection, [193?]-1963
Nancy Brown-Martinez
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131