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Early Sound Recording Research

Selected resources for commercial sound recordings & the history of the recorded sound industry through the 78rpm disc era

Record company catalogs

If your goal is to find new release information on recordings issued by a record company at a given point in time, then these resources are a good place to start. Catalogs are important because business records of early companies have rarely survived; they can contain entries for records no one has seen, or records that were never actually issued.