Ethnic Music in Northern Wisconsin and Michigan Collection, 1979-1986


The documentation was first housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society's Area Research Center at Northland College's Dexter Library, just as a portion of it is now at the WHS History Center and Archives at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center west of Ashland, Wisconsin. At the advice of Archivist Frank Gillis of Indiana University's Archives of Traditional Music, it has remained a separate collection. While once integrated as the McDowell Ethnic Heritage Sound Archive and Resource Center at Northland College, curated by Marina Lachecki, the collection presently is in two places. Lachecki transferred files, slides, copy cassettes, and other related materials to the Northern Wisconsin Heritage Connection in 1996, which made a deposit agreement with the History Center and Archives at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center to provide access to the collection. The Northern Wisconsin Heritage Connection disbanded as an organization in 2009. Original reel tapes, copy cassettes, and other project folders have moved to Mills Music Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.