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The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library at Harvard University

Academic journal article Notes

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library at Harvard University

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The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library at Harvard University has announced a significant donation and the launching of a new Web site.

Ruben Blades, a graduate of the Harvard University Law School (LLM, 1985) has agreed to give his personal papers, including rare recordings of rehearsals and concerts, interviews and films, books and other material to the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library. The arrival of the Ruben Blades Archive at the Loeb Music Library is largely the result of the work of two people, Jose Masso, host of the popular radio program !Con Salsa! on WBUR, and Alison Weinstock, a Blades fan, who created, an online discography and song reference guide dedicated to his career stretching from 1966 through 2008.

Among the items that will eventually be collected at Loeb: a complete collection of all LPs, CDs, and liner notes for Blades's recorded music, concert and rehearsal audio and video recordings, sheet music and arrangements, lyrics and translations, magazine and newspaper interviews and clippings, photos, mementos, and more. The archive will eventually grow to include material devoted to Blades's political career, with posters from his presidential run, along with his collection of books on Afro-Cuban and salsa music, and material devoted to the business aspects of his decades-long recording career.

Alison Weinstock has been named by Blades as the coordinator of the Ruben Blades Archive, and will work with library staff to guide the collection to Harvard. The first component of this collection will be available to the public in mid- to late-2009. The archive will be cataloged in HOLLIS, with a finding aid in OASIS.

The collection is a sign of the Harvard College Library's growing interest in popular culture, particularly that in Spanish-speaking America. Considering Blades' popularity in the U.S., as well as Panama and Central America, the archive also raises questions for scholars related to issues like transnationalism and the diaspora.

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