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Ariel Downing papers

Identifier: CoU-AMRC-29

Scope and Contents

Research materials related to the dissertation (University of Colorado, 1997) of Ariel Arden Downing, musician and music educator.


  • 1959-1996


The collection is open for research. IRB approval is required before using any fieldwork files. Releases exist for most interviews.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright is not held by the American Music Research Center. Requests to publish materials should be directed to the copyright holder.

Biography of Ariel Downing

Downing has played tuba and bass trombone in numerous symphony orchestras, wind bands, and jazz ensembles in Northeast Wyoming and north-central Colorado. She is currently the music director (band, choir and strings) at Big Horn High School/Middle School in Big Horn, Wyoming.

Ariel Arden Downing was born in Wyoming and graduated from Sheridan High School in Sheridan, Wyoming, in 1974. She received a B.M. from the University of Wyoming in 1978, an M.M. in tuba performance from Colorado State University in 1986, and her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1997. Her dissertation, prepared under the direction of Dr. William K. Kearns, is titled, “Let ‘Er Buck! Music in Cowboy Culture of the Powder River Basin, Wyoming.”


5 linear feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



Arranged by informant and subject.

Physical Location

Housed in the American Music Research Center

Custodial history

Donated by Ariel Downing


AD-AT: Ariel Downing Audio Tape

AD-FD: Ariel Downing Floppy Disk

AD-FJ: Ariel Downing Field Journal

AD-FO: Ariel Downing Field Observation

AD-FR: Ariel Downing Film Roll

AD-INT: Ariel Downing Interview

AD-NB: Ariel Downing Notebook folder

AD-VT: Ariel Downing Videotape
The Ariel Downing papers, 1959-1996
An inventory of holdings at the American Music Research Center
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Finding aid written inEnglish.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, American Music Research Center Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
Boulder CO 80309 United States