The Leo Sarkisian Collection at Michigan: Preserving, Accessing, and Preparing for Digitization
UMSI Associate Professor Paul Conway is collaborating with Kelly Askew, associate professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies and the founding director of U-M’s African Studies Center, to continue a project that is preserving and preparing for digitization the Leo Sarkisian Collection of African Music.
The collection features more than 10,000 audio reels in addition to 45 rpm singles and cassette tapes from sub-Saharan Africa. Most of the audio tapes were created by Leo Sarkisian, the longtime host of Voice of America’s “Music Time in Africa” radio program.
Start date: 2/1/2015
End date: 1/31/2016
The Leo Sarkisian Collection at Michigan: Preserving, Accessing, and Preparing for Digitization, U-M African Studies Center: $10,000
Established in 2008, the African Studies Center (ASC) supports the exchange of scholars, faculty, knowledge, and resources between the University of Michigan and partnering educational institutions in Africa. A member of the U-M International Institute, the center fosters interdisciplinary research projects between the university and African partners to find imaginative solutions to real-world problems.