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Finding Aid for the Gospel Archiving in Los Angeles (GALA) 2004-2005
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gospel Archiving in Los Angeles (GALA),
    Date (inclusive): 2004-2005
    Collection number: 2004.06
    Creator: Ethnomusicology Archive Staff 2004-2005
    Extent: 17 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Ethnomusicology Archive
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: For nearly a century Los Angeles has played a major role in the development of Gospel music. In order to document this history and raise awareness about Los Angeles' role as a center for contemporary Gospel, the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive and the Heritage Music Foundation propose Gospel Archiving in Los Angeles, or GALA. This yearlong project focuses on helping HMF develop a strategic plan; expanding Los Angeles Gospel and related music collections in the Archive and at HMF; digitizing and increasing access to Gospel collections held by HMF and others in the Los Angeles Gospel community; hosting an end-of-the-project symposium at UCLA; and establishing and maintaining a CBO Internet server that will allow community members to both access and upload digital copies of recordings while situated outside of the Archiveï½s walls. With the realization of all the goals, and with the establishment of our CBO Internet server in particular, the Archive will facilitate and sustain real and virtual networks of partnerships between the Ethnomusicology Archive, HMF, and other community partners.
    Physical location: UC Southern Regional Library Facility
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    Archive materials may be accessed in the Archive. As many of our collections are stored off-site at SRLF, we recommend you contact the Archive in advance to check on the availability of the materials.

    Publication Rights

    Archive materials do not circulate and may not be duplicated or published without written permission from the copyright holders, collectors, and/or performers. For more information contact the Archive Librarians: archive@arts.ucla.edu.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gospel Archiving in Los Angeles (GALA), 2004.06, Ethnomusicology Archive, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    The GALA Collection was compiled and deposited into the Archive by the Heritage Music Foundation, community members, and Ethnomusicology Archive staff between May 2004 and July 2005.


    This yearlong UCLA in LA funded community partnership with the Heritage Music Foundation (HMF) attained its five main objectives: 1. Develop a strategic plan for HMF to establish a Gospel House, a center for gospel music. 2. Expand the Archive's LA based gospel music collections by making extensive recordings of performances in and around the greater Los Angeles area. 3. Digitize and increasing access to gospel collections held by HMF and the Archive. 4. Host an end-of-the-project event. 5. Establish and maintain and maintaining an Internet server that allows community members to both access and upload digital copies of recordings online.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of unpublished and published sounds recordings, photographs, video recordings, and paper materials collected as part of Gospel Archiving in Los Angeles (GALA). The GALA Collection documents a variety of Gospel music and performances.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Commercial Recordings
    • Series 2. Field Recordings
    • Series 3. Still Images
    • Series 4. Text

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    African Americans--Music.
    Gospel music--California--Los Angeles.
    Heritage Music Foundation (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    University of California, Los Angeles. Ethnomusicology Archive.