Oral Histories

Interview of Gertrude Robinson

Performer of Balinese and Javanese music and director of the ethnomusicology program at Loyola Marymount University. Graduate student in ethnomusicology during her time at UCLA.
Institute of Ethnomusicology, 1961-1974
UCLA Institute of Ethnomusicology, 1961-1974
African American History
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Research Centers and Programs
Miller, Dustin
Robinson, Gertrude
Persons Present:
Miller and Robinson.
Place Conducted:
Robinson's home in Los Angeles, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Dustin Miller, Gold Shield Intern, UCLA Oral History Program; B.S., Political Science, UC Berkeley; M.L.S., UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
Processing of Interview:
Dustin Miller edited the interview. He checked the verbatim transcripts of the interviews against the original tape recordings and edited for spelling, punctuation, paragraphing and the verification of proper nouns. Words and phrases inserted for clarity by the editor have been bracketed. Mantle Hood's book, The Ethnomusicologist (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1971), and the card catalogs in the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive were used as authoritative sources for spellings of all non-Western names. Robinson reviewed and approved of the edited transcripts. Richard Candida Smith, principal editor, reviewed the transcript and wrote the introductory biographical summaries. George Hodak, editorial assistant, prepared the index, table of contents, and interview history.
1.5 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This series documents the history of UCLA's Institute of Ethnomusicology, which was founded in 1961 and dissolved in 1974.
Gertrude Robinson: Attraction to non-Western music; Robinson's work in chamber gamelan; early history of the institute; recollections of exceptional performers: Robert Ayitee, Hardja Susilo, and Wajan Gandera; teaching children non-Western music; integrating ethnomusicology into an interdisciplinary program at Marymount College.