This site was originally created in 1995 by Dean Frey, then director of the Red Deer Public Library in Alberta, Canada. At the time the Red Deer Public Library had launched its own website, and used the Villa-Lobos site as a platform for promoting and selling the CD The Dance of the White Indian, by Brazilian pianist Ricardo Peres, who was at the time teaching at Red Deer College. Soon after, the site served as one of the most visited webpages about Villa-Lobos. Over the last nineteen years the site was updated and maintained on a volunteer basis by RDPL Director Dean Frey, with the technical support of the Library’s IT department.

In December 2013, after Frey's the former villalobos.ca website was transitioned over to Indiana University. The website is currently managed by the Latin American Music Center at the Jacob School of Music at IU. For comments about the website please email use the "Contact" link on the left-hand navigation.