John Donald Robb (1892-1989)
Robb led a rich and varied life as an attorney, composer, electronic music pioneer, arts educator, and ethnomusicologist. He served as dean of the UNM College of Fine Arts (1942-57) and was responsible for starting the UNM Symphony and many other initiatives. As a composer, he produced an impressive body of work performed worldwide. His fascination with traditional folk music led him to collect 3,000 field recordings of traditional Indigenous, Hispanic, and Anglo songs and dances which are digitally archived at the UNM Libraries’ Center for Southwest Research.