Music Library Association 86th Annual Meeting
22-26 February 2017 in Orlando, FL

Thursday, February 23, 1:30pm-2:55pm

Personalities, institutions, music, and the archives

Abstract    español | português
In the 1960s, the Philanthropic efforts of the Rockefeller Foundation established two Centers for the study of Latin American music and the exchange of cultural ideas: The Centro de Altos Estudios Musicales (CLAEM) at the Torcuato Di Tella Institute in Buenos Aires, and the Latin American Music Center (LAMC) at Indiana University. A silent dialogue speaks through the documents of the Centers' archives, connecting primary sources that provide context and support to Pan-Americanism. A panel of experts will highlight these collections by exploring the history, cultural exchanges between these and other institutions, and offer an intimate view of the cross-pollination of music collections resulting from the Pan-American movement. Dr. Carol Hess, will provide the historical context of the Pan-American Dream and her views on the state of research. Hernán Vázquez, responsible for the CLAEM Documents Fund, will discuss the archive, its efforts at digitization, and the fate of the collection after CLAEM ceased operations. Dr. Carmen Helena-Téllez, LAMC former director for 20 years, will share her experiences establishing exchanges with Latin American institutions, growing and shaping the collection, and developing programs to support the promotion of Latin American music. Emma Dederick, Librarian for the LAMC, will highlight its collections, positioning their relevance in the context of the Pan-American exchange, and focusing on the Center’s duty to reconstruct history through its collections.

Translated abstracts and Panelist Bios


  • Speakers
    • Carol A. Hess, University of California, Davis
    • Hernán Gabriel Vázquez, Universidad Nacional de Rosario/Instituto Nacional de Musicología “Carlos Vega”
    • Carmen Helena-Téllez, University of Notre Dame
    • Emma Dederick, Indiana University
  • Location
    • Grand Ballroom A
  • Live Streaming?
    • Yes

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