Appendix F: Annotated Bibliography and Works Cited

Columbia Master Book, Volume I, Tim Brooks, ed.

Revised and Updated, September 2013

(Notes indicate the principal use made of each work.) 

Books and Articles

American Folklife Center. Ethnic Recording in America: A Neglected Heritage. Washington D.C.: Library of Congress, 1982. General background information.

Andrews, Frank. Columbia 10” Records 1904-30. City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society, 1985. Discography; source for British issues of U.S. masters.

Association for Recorded Sound Collections. Rigler & Deutsch Record Index. ARSC, 1983, 1984. Microform index to 78rpm holdings of five major public archives.

Badrock, Arthur, and Frank Andrews. The Complete Regal Catalogue (February 1914 to December 1932). City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society, 1991. Discography; Regal(UK) issues of U.S. masters.

Bauer, Roberto. The New Catalogue of Historical Records: 1898-1908/09. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1947; reprinted 1972. Discographies of opera and concert singers; source of a few numbers.

Baumbach, Robert W. Columbia Phonograph Companion, Vol. II. Woodland Hills, Calif.: Stationery X-Press, 1996. Directory of phonographs made by Columbia.

Bordman, Gerald. American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle. Oxford University Press, 1978. A primary reference on theater music.

Brooks, Tim. “The Columbia Double-Disc Demonstration Record (and Other Early Demonstration Records).” New Amberola Graphic 14 (Summer 1975).

_____. “Columbia Acoustic Matrix Series.” Record Research 133-135 (Jun.-Nov. 1975).

_____. “Columbia Records in the 1890s: Founding the Record Industry.” ARSC Journal 10, no. 1 (1978). Columbia’s early history.

_____. “Ever Wonder About Little Wonder? A History of Little Wonder Records.” New Amberola Graphic 28 (Spring 1979).

_____. “A Directory to Columbia Recording Artists of the 1890s.” ARSC Journal 11, nos. 2-3 (1979).

Burton, Jack, with additions by Larry Freeman. The Blue Book of Broadway Musicals. Century House, 1969. Song reference.

Burton, Jack. The Blue Book of Tin Pan Alley, Vol. I. Expanded new edition. Century House, 1962. Song reference.

_____. The Blue Book of Tin Pan Alley, Vol. II. Expanded new edition. Century House, 1965. Song reference.

Charosh, Paul, comp. Berliner Gramophone Records: American Issues, 1892-1900. Greenwood Press, 1995. Song reference.

Cohen-Stratyner, Barbara, ed. Popular Music, 1900-1919: An Annotated Guide to Popular Songs. Gale Research, Inc., 1988. Song reference. 

Copeland, The Historic Record No. 8

Fagan, Ted, and William R. Moran. The Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings, Pre-Matrix Series. Greenwood Press, 1983.

_____. The Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings, Matrix Series 1 through 4999. Greenwood Press, 1986. History (Introduction); also song reference.

Fuld, James J. The Book of World Famous Music: Classical, Popular and Folk. 4th edition. Dover Publications, 1995. Excellent reference on “standard” music.

Gelatt, Roland. The Fabulous Phonograph. Revised edition. Appleton-Century, 1965. General industry background. [See also: The Fabulous Phonograph. New York: Macmillan, 1977.]

Gracyk, Tim, and Frank Hoffman, eds. The Encyclopedia of Popular American Recording Pioneers: 1895-1925. Granite Bay, Calif., 1997. Information on talent.

Greene, Victor. A Passion for Polka: Old-Time Ethnic Music in America. University of California Press, 1992. Background on ethnic recording industry.

Gronow, Pekka. “Recording for the ‘Foreign’ Series.” JEMF Quarterly 12, no. 41 (Spring 1976): 15-20.

_____. Studies in Scandinavian-American Discography, vol. 2. Helsinki: Finnish Institute of Recorded Sound, 1977. Background on ethnic recording.

Gronow, “Ethnic Recordings: An Introduction.” In Ethnic Recording in America: A Neglected Heritage. American Folklife Center, 1982.

Jasen, David A. Recorded Ragtime, 1897-1958. Hamden. Conn.: Archon Books, 1973. Song reference.

Johnson, E. R. Fenimore. His Master’s Voice Was Eldridge R. Johnson. Self-published, 1974.

Kinkle, Roger D. The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz, 1900-1950. Arlington House Publishers, 1974. Song reference.

Koenigsberg, Allen. Edison Cylinder Records, 1889-1912: With an Illustrated History of the Phonograph. Brooklyn, N.Y.: APM Press, 1987.

Koenigsberg, Allen. The Patent History of the Phonograph, 1877-1912. Brooklyn, N.Y.: APM Press, 1990. Valuable though scattered details about early Columbia history; the primary source for information on phonograph patents.

Marco, Guy A., and Frank Andrews, eds. 1993. Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound in the United States. New York: Garland Publications.

Mattfeld, Julius. Variety Music Cavalcade. Revised edition. Prentice Hall, 1962. Song reference, particularly useful for nineteenth century.

Moore, Jerrold N., and Laurence C. Witten II. “The Columbia Grand Opera Records, 1903.” Record Collector 15, nos. 3-4. History and discography of this series.

Moses, Julian Morton. American Celebrity Recordings, 1900-1925. Revised 3rd edition. Dallas, Tex.: Monarch Record Enterprises, 1993. Discographies of opera/concert singers.

Read, Oliver, and Walter L. Welch. From Tin Foil to Stereo: Evolution of the Phonograph. Howard W. Sams & Co., 1959. General industry history.

Rust, Brian. Jazz Records 1897-1942. 4th revised and enlarged edition. Arlington House, 1978, A few entries for pre-1919 recordings.

Rust, Brian, and Allen G. Debus. The Complete Entertainment Discography. 2nd edition. Da Capo Press. 1989. Discographies of some popular celebrities.

Sherman, Michael W., with William R. Moran and Kurt R. Nauck. Note the Notes: An Illustrated History of the Columbia Record Label, 1901-1958. New Orleans: Monarch Record Enterprises, 1998. A detailed history of Columbia label styles.

Spaeth, Sigmund. A History of Popular Music in America. Random House, 1948. Song reference.

Spottswood, Richard K. Ethnic Music on Records. 7 vols. University of Illinois Press, 1990. Seven-volume discography of U.S. ethnic recordings, used for cross-checking and foreign-language title reference. Some of EMOR’s early Columbia listings came from preliminary work being done for this discography.

Sutton, Allan. Columbia Twelve-Inch Records in the United Kingdom, 1906-1930. Symposium Records, 1994. Extensive discography of British issues, used primarily as a source for the 12” volume of this set.

Vernon, Paul. Ethnic and Vernacular Music, 1898-1960: A Resource and Guide to Recordings. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995.

Walsh, Jim. Hobbies (June 1971): 38. Reprinted in the Hillandale News, Dec. 1994, p. 186-187.

Wile, Raymond R. “Berliner Sales Figures.” ARSC Journal 11, nos. 2-3 (1979): 139-43. Information on Berliner disc production.

Wile, Raymond R. “The American Graphophone Company and the Columbia Phonograph Company Enter the Disc Record Business, 1897-1903.” ARSC Journal 22, no. 2 (Fall 1991): 207-21. Reprinted in Baumbach, Columbia Phonograph Companion, Vol. II


[Editor's Note: See also Publications Specializing in Recording History, compiled by Tim Brooks.]

Antique Phonograph Monthly. published by Allen Koenigsberg in Brooklyn, N.Y., 1973-1993.

ARSC Journal. Association for Recorded Sound Collections. Annapolis, Md.: 1967-date.

Columbia Record. Columbia Phonograph Co., 1904-1916. A lengthy run is at the Library of Congress. Primary source for company history and monthly release lists.

Delaney’s Song Book. New York: Wm. W. Delaney. 1892-1922. Song reference.

Hillandale NewsPublished on behalf of the City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society in Severnoaks, England, 1960-2001.

The Historic Record & AV Collector Quarterly, by J. R. Wrigley. Ecclesfield, Sheffield, 1992-1998.

Hobbies. Chicago: Lightner Pub. Co.

Melody Maker. London : IPC Specialist & Professional Press Ltd.

Musical Age. Harry E. Freund, ed. New York.

Music Trade Review. New York, N.Y. : Trade Review Pub. Co.

New Amberola Graphic. St. Johnsbury. Vt.

New York Times Record Research. Brooklyn, NY, 1955-1995.

News and Views from the Music Trades Association.

Record CollectorBroomfield, Eng.

Talking Machine World. New York. 1905-1930. Primary source for industry history; monthly release lists for many associated labels. 


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