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Guide to the Metal Parts Collections ARS.0126
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Metal Parts Collections
    Dates: 1943-1975
    Collection number: ARS.0126
    Collection size: 30 boxes : 527 metal parts, with original sleeves
    Repository: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Abstract: Various metal parts used in the production of phonograph records, including masters, mothers and stampers from multiple donors. Primarily parts for records issued by Music Library Recordings and the Sir Thomas Beecham Society.
    Language of Material: Multiple languages


    Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive for assistance.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    Metal Parts Collections, ARS-0126. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    The Metal Parts Collections was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by Nate Brown in 1989, Althya Youngman in 1990, and others.


    This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Scope and Contents

    The Metal Parts Collections consists of original masters, mothers and stampers from several donations, including parts for issues from Music Library Recordings, the Sir Thomas Beecham Society and the International Record Collectors Club. Metal parts are used in the production of phonograph records, beginning with the nickel-plated master. Many mothers can be derived from one master, and many stampers from one mother. In some cases stampers produced later document the longevity of certain recordings. However, there are not necessarily masters, mothers and stampers for each release. The Archive maintains a spreadsheet with a full listing of matrix/issue numbers, dates, and other information.