Resources

• The National Jukebox is a searchable resource of streaming historical recordings from the Library of Congress available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

The Online Discographical Project lists catalog numbers, artists dates and more for thousands upon thousands of 78rpm recordings. From Abott, to Columbia to Okeh to Victor to Zonophone, they’re (almost) all here.

Association for Cultural Equity’s sound recordings catalog comprises over 17,400 digital audio files, beginning with Alan Lomax’s first recordings onto (newly invented) tape in 1946 and tracing his career into the 1990s. In addition to a wide spectrum of musical performances from around the world, it includes stories, jokes, sermons, personal narratives, interviews conducted by Lomax and his associates, and unique ambient artifacts captured in transit from radio broadcasts, sometimes inadvertently, when Alan left the tape machine running. Not a single piece of recorded sound in Lomax’s audio archive has been omitted: meaning that microphone checks, partial performances, and false starts are also included.

The Red Hot Jazz Archive will tell you all you need to know, and more, about the history of jazz prior to 1930. Search by band, film, or musician.

• Do you need bags, sleeves and envelopes for your records?

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