Music Archive of Monash University
The Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU) is a subsidiary of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University. Founded in 1974 in the Monash Department of Music (as it was called then), MAMU hosts one of the finest and rarest collections of the world’s sound and material arts, including musical instruments; audio and audiovisual recordings of music, theatre and dance performances in various media formats; pre-digital films; slides; photographs; theatrical puppets; theatrical masks, textiles, costumes; and more, from Asia, Australia and the Pacific, Europe, the Americas, and Africa. The documentary sources include oral histories, field notes, musical notations, sets of musical scores, theatrical and poetic texts, maps, books, pamphlets, scrapbooks and other written documentation of the artistic and social uses and functions of the audio- and audio-visual recordings and material objects. As a result, MAMU is an important resource centre that facilitates research by preserving, maintaining, promoting and providing physical and online access to its collections. Materials may not be borrowed but visitors can use facilities on the premises to listen to, read or watch their selections, or access digitised materials online.