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 164,000 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; 1935 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.
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.
MARC records added to DAHR
In an effort to aid libraries in cataloging their collections, 120,000+ MARC (MAchine Readable Cataloging) records have been added to DAHR. The MARC records are displayed in a special tab of the …
Up and About
DAHR users might be interested in an overview of the work being undertaken by American Discography Project editors. New descriptions of recording sessions are posted almost every day. About three …
The American Discography Project is very pleased to announce that documentation of nearly 2500 ten- and twelve-inch Zonophone discs recorded between 1904 and 1912 is now included in the …