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Dow Turner Collection, Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

The Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN holds the collection of ethnographic and linguistic recordings made by Turner, contained in aluminum and lacquer discs and wires. The 154 aluminum disc recordings made in the summers of 1932 and 1933 make up the Gullah collection, and they document sermons, work songs, stories, spirituals, and accounts of slavery among 50 Gullah speakers.
The recordings in Brazil (1940-41) in the states of Bahia, Rio Grande do Sul, Sergipe, and Mato Grosso are contained in 329 aluminum discs. These recordings include stories, speeches, and songs in Portuguese and several African languages, including Yoruba and Fongbe. They are highly important to Brazilian culture’s history as they contain unique recordings of key figures in the Capoeira and Candomblé communities.
The Archives of Traditional Music also holds 279 recordings Turner made in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo in the 1950s.

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