Discography of American Historical Recordings

Welcome to the Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR), a database of master recordings made by American record companies during the 78rpm era. It is part of the American Discography Project (ADP)—an initiative of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Packard Humanities Institute that is edited by a team of researchers based at the UCSB Library.

DAHR is an expansion of the Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR) incorporating previously published discographic data licensed from various publishers, folding them into the search and display framework of DAHR. Documentation of the activities of the Victor Talking Machine Company and RCA Victor derives primarily from consultation of publications of the companies and original documents held in the archives of Sony Music Entertainment in New York City. DAHR entries describing recordings made by Columbia Records, the Berliner Gramophone Co., OKeh Records, and Zonophone Records are based on authoritative published discographies, supplemented with new research, examination of recordings in the collections of the University of California Santa Barbara Library, and submissions from record collectors and archives.

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What's Online and What's Coming

DAHR currently includes information on more than 172,000 master recordings (matrixes) made by Victor, Columbia, OKeh, Berliner, and Zonophone. Details on the editing progress on each company's masters is here.

The ADP is also a partner with the Library of Congress National Jukebox project and provides most of the cataloging data used in the Jukebox. As a result of this partnership, 10,000 recordings made by Victor between 1900 and 1925 can be streamed online. The digitization of Columbia, Zonophone, and OKeh recordings prior to 1925 is in progress and these will be available for streaming on DAHR and on the National Jukebox website in the near future.

Staff are currently editing Bluebird masters; 1936 Victor ethnic and classical masters; selected ethnic and foreign Columbia issues; leased Gramophone masters issued by Victor; and OKeh electrical releases. Brunswick, Edison, and Decca masters will be added next.


The American Discography Project is funded by the Packard Humanities Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the UCSB Library, and the William R. Moran Fund for Recorded Sound.

Electronic online database editions of The Columbia Master Book Discography, Berliner Gramophone Records: American Issues, 1892-1900, and Discography of OKeh Records, 1918-1934, by arrangement with ABC-CLIO, LLC, Santa Barbara, CA. The American Zonophone Discography, by arrangement with Mainspring Press, Denver CO. All rights reserved. Full credits can be found here.


Edison Disc Recordings Access Initiative

UCSB has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the Edison Disc Recordings Access Initiative. This …

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John Bolig Bluebird Label Discography

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