John Blacking (1928-1990) was one of the most important ethnomusicologists of the twentieth century. The John Blacking Collection comprises Blacking’s original research data on African music including his diaries, field notes, audio recordings, photographic negatives, 8mm films, unpublished conference papers and published research. The collection was donated to The Callaway Centre in 1997 by Dr Zureena Desai, Professor Blacking's widow.
The collection occupies 24.7 linear metres of space and spans a 35-year period. It contains approximately 1474 archival files, 141 5mm reel-to-reel tapes, 115 audio tapes, 240 vinyl LPs, 49 8mm films, 1500 visual slides, 1000 photographs, 35 notebooks and 47 manuscripts. The collection was sorted and partly processed in 2006-2007.
The University of Western Australia holds copyright in materials prepared by its staff. The Blacking family holds the copyright in the Blacking Collection.