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Sound Recording Catalog Collection

Identifier: Sound Recording Catalog Collection


  • Creation: Majority of material found within Catalogs cover over 40 years; some are annual catalogs, some are monthly catalogs, and some are weekly issues. Issue and date vary by company.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided to researchers, in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

The collection of Sound Recording Catalogs in the Watkinson Library cover a period of over forty years, from 1910 to 1956. Most of the major labels are represented in both annual and monthly issues. A partial list of labels whose catalogs are represented in this collection are Brunswick, Columbia, Decca, Edison, Emerson (seven-inch disk, ca. 1916—1919), London, Pathe, & Victor/RCA Victor. There are also several weekly lists of releases by Victor Records from 1924 and a single Orthophonic catalog from 1927 (Orthophonic recordings were produced 1925-1929). There are also several undated Blue Amberol cylinder recording tags (from recordings # 1508 & 2362).

Along with this collection is an undated manual for the Victor Victrola XVI (the Victor Victrola XVI was produced from 1906-1921).


3.5 Cubic Feet (Collection is housed in seven .5 cubic foot boxes) : 228 items

Language of Materials


Sound Recording Catalog Collection
In Progress
Henry Arneth
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

Trinity College Library
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Hartford Connecticut 06106