ARHOOLIE FOUNDATION COLLECTIONS:Major Collections
The Arhoolie Foundation archive is comprised of various rare collections. Most significant is the massive body of records, books, photos, papers, posters, and other artifacts amassed by our founder Chris Strachwitz over his lifetime as a fan, collector, and documentarian of roots and regional music.
In addition to the Strachwitz Collection, we have a few other unique collections and anticipate acquiring more as we grow. The pages below offer a glimpse into our major collections, and a sampling of the contents. Check back for updates as we continue to digitize our physical collections and share them here.
The Chris Strachwitz Collection
As founder of both Arhoolie Records and the Arhoolie Foundation, Chris Strachwitz has been collecting, documenting, recording, and promoting regional roots music for over 60 years....View the collection
The Ann Savoy Collection
The Arhoolie Foundation’s Ann Savoy Cajun Interviews Collection consists of over 200 recorded interviews Ann Savoy conducted with Louisiana musicians over the past 45 years. The...View the collection
Robert Stone Sacred Steel Archive
The Arhoolie Foundation’s Robert Stone Sacred Steel Archive consists of over 150 recorded interviews and over 6,510 photographic negatives documenting the Sacred Steel gospel music tradition....View the collection
Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican American and Mexican Recordings
Visit the UCLA Frontera Website. Listen to the recordings, view the record labels and album covers, read the blog, read the biographies, add to the knowledge, leave...View the collection
The Harry Oster Collection
Between 1956 and 1963, Dr. Harry Oster, professor of English at LSU Baton Rouge, roamed the back roads of Louisiana in search of traditional music. A...View the collection
Manuel Peña Tejano Music Interviews
To go directly to the Dr. Manuel Peña Interviews click here. The late Dr. Manuel Peña (1942 – 2019), the compiler of this list of musician...View the collection