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AMTA Archives New Online Finding Aid

September 7, 2018 11:45 AM

Announcing a New Online Finding Aid for the AMTA Archives

As part of its 20th Anniversary Celebration, AMTA is excited to announce the official launch of the online finding aid for the AMTA archives. Many hard to acquire historic records have been digitalized and are accessible online from the comfort of your home or office. Read the first known publication related to music and medicine within the United States (Music Physically Considered, 1789); listen to a lecture given by Dr. E. Thayer Gaston at the University of Kansas in 1964 (Functional Music); review the first volume of the International Newsletter of Music Therapy from the American Association for Music Therapy (1983); or look through the book of proceedings from the first conference of the National Association for Music Therapy (1951). The online finding aid consists of an inventory of materials dated 1729 to 2016 a portion of which are available to view online. 

Click here to access the online finding aid.

In addition, at the AMTA 2018 National Conference, stop by the exhibit hall to view artifacts from the archives and be sure to attend the concurrent session featuring a panel discussion devoted to the past, present, and future of the historical archives. As a resource to all AMTA members, the AMTA archives strives to meet the needs of members and requires your help and support. The archive accepts donations of materials from the American Music Therapy Association and its predecessor organizations, the National Association for Music Therapy and the American Association for Music Therapy, in addition to other items relevant to the profession of music therapy. Do you have records or materials that would be of interest to music therapists in the future? Please contact Lindsey Wilhelm, AMTA Archivist, at for information regarding the donation of materials to the archive. In addition, monetary donations provide the resources to continue archival development and digitalization as this collection continues to grow.

There is a dedicated page on the AMTA website that contains the link to the online finding aid for the archives as well as other historical information. You can get there by going to the menus, About Music Therapy & AMTA>What is AMTA?>AMTA Archives.