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Research Tools for Historic Sound Recordings


Use a discography to:

  • find the date and location of the recording session
  • see other songs recorded in the same session
  • get the names of other performers or band members in the session

For help with discographies, ask Amanda the music librarian


Early Recordings 1880-1930

After searching the online reference sources, look up your artist(s) in these books in Bird Library for additional information. These books also provide contextual overviews of different early recorded music genres and put recordings into cultural context.