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Anthony Braxton Recordings Collection

Call Number: MSS 156

Scope and Contents

This collection features digitized copies of 751 audio and video recordings by composer, MacArthur fellow, and 2014 NEA Jazz Master, Anthony Braxton. This singular collection of recordings by one of the most significant American experimental music composers of the last 50 years represents a unique insight into Braxton’s work from 1970-2011. The original recordings featured in this collection were digitized in 2021 thanks to funding from the Council on Library & Information Resources (CLIR). The original recordings are housed at the Tri-Centric Foundation. The digitized copies of these recordings were donated to Yale in 2021, so they could be digitally preserved and made accessible for research.


  • 1969 - 2021


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Recordings from this collection are available to stream online via the Gilmore Music Library's AV access system, Aviary. Links to access these recordings are provided in this finding aid. Recordings for which Anthony Braxton and/or the Tri-Centric Foundation own or have otherwise secured full intellectual property rights to, including all composition, performance and mechanical rights as applicable, are openly available without restriction. All other recordings are available to Yale users, by logging into Aviary using their Yale University ID, and to Non-Yale users, who can request access directly through Aviary. (Updated 08/02/2023).

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

.jpg, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, and .wav files

Conditions Governing Use

The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. Through its web sites, the Library offers public access to a range of its collections through online exhibitions, archival finding aids, digital repositories, and the online public access catalog. Yale University provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes only. The Library endeavors when possible to provide accurate factual information about copyright owners and related matters in catalog records, finding aids, and other texts that accompany collections or individual items that may assist you in making necessary legal determinations. Please contact if you have helpful information about any material included in these collections or if you believe the web site has not properly attributed your work or has used your material without necessary authorization. Yale University makes no warranty that your distribution, reproduction or other use of these materials will be non-infringing. You are solely responsible for making legal assessments regarding the use of an item and securing any necessary permissions. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or holders of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions.


The collection is arranged by recording format.


9248 Computer Files (15.8 terabytes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Processing Information

Recordings were digitized in 2021. Original recordings are retained by the Tri-Centric Foundation. The collection established at Yale includes digitized copies of these recordings only.

Guide to the Anthony Braxton Recordings Collection
Compiled by Tracy MacMath
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
This project was supported by a Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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