Visit the Music Collections at FIU!


Have you heard about the great music available at FIU? FIU has been the recipient of many generous gifts, not the least of which are notable music collections. These collections span various genres and feature songs and recordings not found anywhere else.

Buddy Korn Collection of Jazz and Other Recordings

Assembled between 1971 and 1985, the collection contains most of the artists and recordings considered to be standard to American Jazz, as well as various areas of specialization. The collection includes important recordings from the 1950s and 1960s such as John Coltrane and Lee Morgan, a large collection of “avant garde” jazz, such as Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor, and recordings of vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie holliday, and Betty Carter. There are over 150 Duke Ellington LPs and samples of early R&B and be-bop. The collection also boasts over 400 assorted rock albums, 50 Afro-Cuban and Cuban Jazz, and assorted Blues and American Folk recordings.

 Diaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection

This collection is the most extensive collection of Cuban music in the U.S. with over 100,000 recordings spanning the history of popular Cuban and other Latin American music. The collection features 25,000 LPS, 14,500 78 rpms, 4,500 cassettes containing radio interviews with composers and musicians, 4,000 pieces of sheet music, 3,000 books, and thousands of CDs, photographs, videocassettes and paper files.  Cassettes contain copies of hard to get 78’s gathered from all over the world, radio programs of special significance, interviews with composers, singers and musicians, etc. Among the collection’s rarest items are recordings made in pre-revolutionary Cuba.

 Julian Kreeger Collection

The collection was donated to the College of Architecture + the Arts (CARTA) and includes albums, tapes, videos, books, music folios, and sheet music. It is believed to be one of the largest private collections of classical piano music. There are many early and rare Soviet-era vinyl recordings of distinguished pianists like a rare 1903 (78 rpm) recording by Camille Saint-Saens performing on the piano. Additionally, substantial portions of the LPs are “audiophile treasures;” that is, they are English, German, and Japanese pressings of the 1950s and 1960s that are prized by audiophile collectors and engineers for their stellar sound quality.

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