Scope and Content
Title: Klaus Wachsmann Collection,
Date (inclusive): April 19, September 30,
and August 2-3, 1949, 1950
Collection number: 1949.01
Creator: Wachsmann, Klaus
1 box with 21 sound reel tapes and 23 preservation master
compact discs (pmcd)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: Klaus Wachsmann was a British
ethnomusicologist of German birth and a pioneer in the study of African
music. Between 1949 and 1952 Wachsmann compiled an extensive collection
of field recordings while living in Uganda. This collection, one of two
Klaus Wachsmann collections in the Ethnomusicology Archive, was compiled
by Wachsmann on April 19, September 30, August 2-3, 1949, and throughout
1950. It consists of sound recordings and accompanying notes documenting
the music of the Nyoro and Banyoro people of Uganda as well as Soga,
Ganda, Teso, Gisu, Nyoro, Luo, and Luyia (Ugandan people); Nande
(Zairian and Ugandan people); Hima, Alur, Lugbara, and Kakwa.
Language of Material: Collection materials in
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These materials do not circulate and may not be duplicated or
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collectors, and/or performers. Copyright has not been assigned to the
UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive. For more information contact the
[Identification of item], Klaus Wachsmann Collection, 1949.01,
Ethnomusicology Archive, University of California, Los Angeles.
Deposited at the Ethnomusicology Archive, UCLA, by Klaus Wachsmann in
the 1980s. The originals are housed at the National Sound Archive in
London, while copies are housed at the Uganda Museum and the UCLA
Processed by Archive staff, 2000 / 2007
Collection 1950.01 was merged with collection 1949.01 in September
Klaus Wachsmann was a pioneer in the study of African music.
Wachsmann lived in Uganda from 1937 to 1957. He first served in several
offices in the Office of the Protestant Missions in Uganda. Later, he
served as Curator of the Uganda Museum. In 1949, the British government
gave him a grant, which ultimately enabled him to produce over 1500
recordings. From 1958-63, Wachsmann was Scientific Officer in charge of
Ethnological Collections at the Wellcome Foundation in London. In 1963,
Wachsmann moved to California and from 1963-68 was Professor of Music at
UCLA and the Institute of Ethnomusicology. When he left UCLA he taught
at Northwestern University. In 1976-77, he was Distinguished Visiting
Professor of the College of the Humanities at the University of Texas,
Dallas. In 1978-79, he taught as Richard Merton Gast Professor in the
Institute of Ethnomusicology at the University of Cologne. In 1958, he
received the bronze medal for "Devoted Service to Africa" from the Royal
African Society. He was elected President of the Society for
Ethnomusicology and of the International Folk Music Council. In 1984,
the President of the Federal Republic of Germany bestowed upon Wachsmann
the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Wachsmann died on
July 17, 1984.
Scope and Content
Recordings made in 1949 by Klaus Wachsmann in Bunyoro Kingdom, Hoima
district and the Mengo district of Uganda. Instruments include the
akadinda (xylophone) and ennanga (harp).
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Field recordings--Africa, East.