American music is a significant part of the diversity of American culture. Special Collections contains a spectrum of music that speaks for many parts of America and American music-making. Below are examples of underrepresented communities and musical histories in American music.
It should be recognized that American music draws from backgrounds of all types, including ones that bring up difficult conversations surrounding race and culture. Many of these collections contain racist illustrations, lyrics, or depictions we find objectionable today, but were considered acceptable by majority groups in the past. Researchers may find harmful and racist depictions of many communities, including African Americans, Asians, Indigenous peoples, Latin Americans, and Pacific Islanders.