Discography of American Historical Recordings

Welcome to the Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR), a database of more than 138,000 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. The DAHR is an expansion of the Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR) database. It incorporates all the contents of the former EDVR database and adds previously published discographic works under license 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 in the DAHR derives primarily from consultation of publications of the companies and original documents held in the archives of Sony Music Entertainment in New York City. The DAHR entries describing recordings made by Columbia Records, the Berliner Gramophone Co., and OKeh Records are based on authoritative published discographies, the four-volume Columbia Master Book Discography by Tim Brooks and Brian Rust (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999) and Berliner Gramophone Records: American Issues, 1892-1900, by Paul Charosh (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995) and Discography of OKeh Records, 1918-1934 by Ross Laird and Brian Rust (Westport, Conn.: Praeger Press, 2004). The DAHR supplements information found in these sources with new research, examination of recordings in the collections of the University of California Santa Barbara library, and submissions from record collectors.

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What's Online

DAHR currently includes information on more than 138,000 master recordings (matrixes) made by Victor, Columbia, and Berliner. Included are:

  • Victor Talking Machine Company recordings made in the United States and in Central and South America before mid-1933, releases derived from masters recorded in Europe by the Gramophone Company, and trial recordings of new artists and sessions from which no discs were issued
  • Columbia Records 10" domestic masters recorded between 1901 and 1934
  • Columbia Records 12" domestic masters recorded between 1906 and 1931
  • Berliner Gramophone Co. domestic recordings from 1892 to 1900
  • OKeh masters recorded between 1918 and 1926

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 recordings between 1901 and 1925 is in progress and these will be available for streaming on DAHR and on the National Jukebox website in the near future.

What We Are Working On

Staff are currently editing early 1933 Victor masters; selected ethnic and foreign Columbia issues; leased Gramophone masters issued by Victor; and Victor discs recorded in Brazil. Brunswick, Edison, and Decca masters will be added next.

Being added this month:

  • Victor masters of 1933
  • OKeh masters after 1926
  • HMV masters issued by Victor
  • Victor discs recorded in Brazil, early 1930s 

Credits

The American Discography Project is funded by the Packard Humanities Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 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. All rights reserved. Full credits can be found here.

News

Foray into OKeh

We recently began posting OKeh masters to the website. Our work is an electronic adaptation of Ross Laird’s and Brian Rust’s Discography of OKeh Records, 1918-1934 (Westport, …

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The Columbia Master Book Discography is now complete in DAHR

The American Discography Project adaptation of Tim Brooks’ and Brian Rust’s four-volume Columbia Master Book Discography is now entirely online. Major US master series of …

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A Lot of Help from Our Friends

The original sources of our listings of early Columbia releases are volumes one and four of Tim Brooks’ and Brian Rust’s Columbia master book discography (Greenwood Press, 1999). The …

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