The Arhoolie Foundation is embarking on a new project to present the Chris Strachwitz Archive online. As founder of both Arhoolie Records and the Arhoolie Foundation, Strachwitz has been collecting, documenting, recording and promoting vernacular music for over 55 years. In addition to recording hundreds of albums for Arhoolie Records, he has shot over 25,000 photographs and hundreds of hours of video, written at length on various musical subjects, conducted hours of interviews, saved letters written to him from legendary recording artists, and collected all sorts of ephemera.
This online archive will present as much of this material as possible, and take you on a journey through the musical world in which Strachwitz has traveled. A world that, for the most part, no longer exists today.