NEH Grant

  • the Music Time in Africa team in the lab
    Professors and "Ethical Access to Music Time in Africa" project leaders Paul Conway and Kelly Askew pose alongside student assistants in August, 2016.
  • Shelves full of tape boxes
    Tapes photographed in situ at the Leo Sarkisian Library of African Music prior to being sent to the University of Michigan.
  • Students at a table surrounded by boxes and tapes
    University of Michigan student staff members assist with processing and inventorying Music Time in Africa radio programs.
  • Students unpacking boxes of tapes in a warehouse
    Shannon Zachary, head of Preservation and Conservation at MLibrary, assists University of Michigan students during the Sarkisian Archives Blitz, a day-long event aimed at organizing the Leo Sarkisian Archive into manageable series.
  • stack of VOA tape boxes from 1976
    Student assistants sort Music Time in Africa radio programs by year in preparation for digitization.
  • students gathered in the warehouse with archival boxes
    Student at the Sarkisian Archives Blitz finish organizing and rehousing materials from the Leo Sarkisian Archive.
  • Music Time in Africa team gathered around a table with a computer and boxes of tapes
    Professor Paul Conway and student staff members discuss inventory spreadsheets of Music Time in Africa radio programs.
  • tapes and CDs stacked on a table with student working at a computer
    A student worker inventories cassette tapes from the Leo Sarkisian Library of African Music.
  • UMSI student participants posing in the warehouse
    Professor Paul Conway (top right) poses with students who attended the Sarkisian Archives Blitz.


About the Grant        Grant Documents         Reports

University of Michigan faculty members Paul Conway (School of Information) and Kelly Askew (Anthropology) lead a project to digitize and disseminate radio programs and selected live field recordings that comprise the Leo Sarkisian Archive from the Voice of America. The project focuses on the preservation and dissemination of music, scripts and broadcast recordings from the Voice of America radio program Music Time in Africa, including field recordings made beginning in the early 1960s. The University of Michigan Library’s Director of Preservation and Conservation Shannon Zachary also supports the project.

Start date: 6/1/2016
End date: 5/31/2018

National Endowment for the Humanities: Ethical Access to Music Time in Africa, $260,000

This project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.