Cylinder audio recordings collection
Acquisition And Processing Information
The recordings in box 1 below, and one of the players (player 2) are from unknown sources. These parts of the collection were processed in 2009 by Cheryl Gunselman, Manuscripts Librarian. In 2011, the WSU School of Music transferred 141 additional recordings and a player, which were added to the collection in the same year.
Number of containers: 10
Linear feet of shelf space: 8
Number of items: 148 recordings; 2 phonographs
This collection consists of 148 commercially produced cylinder recordings of musical performances (vocal and instrumental). The collection includes wax and celluloid cylinders. Some of these are housed in their original cylindrical boxes. Two Edison Home Phonographs (not in working condition) are also included in the collection.
The seven recordings originally processed in 2009 are in a single alphabetical sequence by recording title. The 141 recordings added in 2011 are arranged as they were received, with no apparent filing order.
Cylinders (sound recordings) -- Specimens
Cylinder recordings -- Specimens
Popular music -- 1901 to 1910
Popular music -- 1911 to 1920
This collection is open and available for examination by researchers, but playback equipment for listening is not currently available at the repository.
Many American cylinder recordings, including nearly all of the examples in this collection, are available in digital format for online listening through another repository: the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project, Donald C. Davidson Library, University of California at Santa Barbara: (http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/index.php).
The suggested citation for the collection is:
Cylinder audio recordings collection, circa 1903-1913
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Location Note (Masc Staff Use)
Koenigsberg, Allen. Edison Cylinder Records, 1889-1912. New York: Stellar Productions, 1969.
University of California Santa Barbara Library, "Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project," http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/index.php.
Items are in English.