African American Song
Incorporated into American Song, this database includes 35,000 tracks. To search only the African American Song database, in the search box click on "African American Music" under Genre, then enter search in "Search text within results"
Songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys; songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.
Contemporary World Music
"Important genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more." Searchable by genre, people, or place.
Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM)
Sound, liner notes and essays from New World, Composers Recordings (formerly Composers Recordings) and other labels; primarily music by 20th and 21st century composers.
Jazz Music Library
From Alexander Street Press.
Smithsonian Global Sound
Recordings from the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and other archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon, other labels, and important research collections.
Classical Music in Video
Performances, masterclasses, and interviews
Naxos Video Library
Includes "Jazz" and "Musical Journeys" videos of countries and cities around the world.
Filmakers Library Online
Award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum. To find films on music click on "Disciplines," then choose "Music & Performing Arts."
Films on Demand
A multi-disciplinary video streaming database from Films for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The online sound recording databases only permit audio streaming. Due to copyright restrictions most recordings are not downloadable. However, many of recordings found in the databases can be checked out from the Beckwith Music Library or borrowed from our partner libraries, Bates and Colby.
Search for recordings at Bowdoin:
Bowdoin College Library
3000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011