Digital Libraries & Music Collections

Library of Congress Recorded Sound Reference Center

The Recorded Sound Reference Center provides access to the commercial and archival audio holdings of the Library of Congress. The collection dates from 1926 when Victor Records donated over 400 discs to the Library's Music Division to supplement its print and manuscript holdings. In the custody of the Motion Picture Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division since 1978, the collection has grown to include over 2 million items encompassing audio formats from cylinders to CDs.

Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room

The Performing Arts Reading Room is the service point for the broad and diverse collections of the Music Division at the Library of Congress. Numbering approximately 12 million items and spanning more than 800 years of Western music history and practice, these holdings include the classified music and book collections, music and literary manuscripts and related artifacts, music-related periodicals and microforms, copyright deposits, and five collections of musical instruments.

Jazzinstitut Darmstadt

Europe's largest public research archive on jazz and one of the world's most distinguished centers for the study of jazz. It provides open web access to resources on a number of important jazz musicians, related publications, and general reference materials in English and German.

Doctor Jazz/Monrovia Sound Studio

Primary resources and previously unpublished documents on ragtime, blues, hot piano, and Monrovia studio sound. Includes work by researchers Laurie Wright, Prof. Lawrence Gushee, Roger Richard, Prof. James Dapogny, Mike Montgomery, Dr. Robert Pinsker, Prof. Alan Wallace, Dr. Philip Pastras, Michael Hill, Peter Hanley, Dr. Edward Berlin, Floyd Levin, Millie Gaddini, Butch Thompson, Karl Ellison, Ate van Delden and Mike Meddings.


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