Scope and Contents
Title: Arnold Jacobsen Collection
Collection number: ARS.0122
: 227 open reel tapes ; multiple folders
Archive of Recorded Sound
The Arnold Jacobsen Collection consists of open reel tapes of 78-era popular vocal music and accompanying documentation from
the collection of record dealer and store owner Arnold Jacobsen.
Language of Material: English
Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive for
Property rights reside with repository. Publication and reproduction rights reside with the creators or their heirs. To obtain
permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Head Librarian of the Archive of Recorded Sound.
Arnold Jacobsen Collection, ARS-0122. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford,
The Arnold Jacobsen Collection was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by Maurice Jacobsen in 2006.
This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Scope and Contents
The Arnold Jacobsen Collection consists of tapes of 78-era music and speech from the collection of collector, dealer, and
record store owner Arnold Jacobsen, as well as correspondence, song lists, and other business records. Through his record
store, The Memory Shop, and later his own custom-taping enterprise Arnold's Archives, Jacobsen would sell and trade copies
of songs and home-made compilations, as well as the rare original recordings themselves. Many of these thematic compilations
were provided for institutional clients (such as the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, and the National Baseball
Library) for educational purposes, but Jacobsen's service also appealed to fans of old songs who needed help locating obscure,
Most of Jacobsen's tape compilations were not retained; he did not necessarily possess the best available copies of records,
and the filled-to-the-brim quarter track mono tapes did not age well. However, the valuable lists that accompanied the tapes
were kept. These subject indexes are grouped around virtually any subject, including World War One, dentistry, baseball and
other sports, U.S. states, obesity, coffee, alcohol and Prohibition, aviation, horses, dogs, cats and other animals, children,
smoking, depression, cartoon characters, America's Bicentennial, big band theme songs, disaster songs, and political campaign
songs. There are were also compilations for certain artists (especially Al Jolson and Bing Crosby) and label surveys (such
as Berliner, Zonophone, and early Columbia).
While the majority of recordings Jacobsen worked with were commercially-released 78 rpm records of popular music, the collection
also contains spoken word, air checks (both radio and television), film soundtracks, home recordings, and live performances.
Some of this material was obtained from other collectors and dealers, and others were recorded by Jacobsen himself. An abbreviated
list of tape contents can be found below.
The Archive of Recorded Sound stores approximately 430 discs from the Jacobsen Collection seperately; please refer to the
Archive's Transcription and Instantaneous Disc Collections database for a listing of Jacobsen housed there. Stanford University
Special Collections holds the Arnold Jacobsen Collection of 19th Century American Theater Programs, 1888-1913 (M1632).
Subjects and Indexing Terms