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Guide to the Sound Recording Catalog Collection, 1900-1990s.
PA Mss 26  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sound Recording Catalog Collection, 1900-1990s.
    Collection number: PA Mss 26
    Extent: 30 linear feet (72 boxes)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Sound recording manufacturer and distributor catalogs, primarily from the 78 era (ca. 1900-1950), including annual catalogs, monthly supplements and overseas catalogs from most major manufacturers. Also included are several numerical catalogs, catalogs of piano rolls, smaller advertising pamphlets as well as a smaller, but growing number of catalogs from the 1950-1990s
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    The bulk of the collection is from the Verne Todd Collection (PA Mss 1) and the Harry and Grace James Collection (PA Mss 3). Items from these the James and Todd collections are identified by a slip. The remainder of the collection is from various sources including smaller donations and purchases



    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sound Recording Catalog Collection, 1900-1990s. , PA Mss 26, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Scope and Content

    The catalogs are arranged alphabetically by record company, and chronologically for each company. The country of issue for catalogs for overseas branches of a company are noted in parentheses after the catalog title. For example, Italian Gramophone Co. catalogs are under Gramophone Co. as "La Voce del Padrone: Catalogo Dischi (Italy), 1948." In cases where catalogs are for more than one label or where a label is a subsidiary of another, the catalog is listed under the first label represented or under the parent company. Cross references are provided where multiple labels are represented or where there may be confusion

    Related Collections

    Other sound recording catalogs and audio equipment catalogs are in the Romaine Trade Catalog Collection