Digitized Collections

Alexandria Digital Research Library

The Alexandria Digital Research Library (ADRL) is UC Santa Barbara Library's home for collections of digital research materials. This comprehensive digital library is intended to increase access to millions of hidden digital research assets in the UCSB Library's possession and, ultimately, serve as a single federated dashboard or front end to discovering all of the Library's resources.

The first phase of ADRL launched in April 2014, making theses and dissertations created by UCSB graduate students since 2011 available to the UCSB community.

Digital Collections

This site features thousands of photographs, documents, audio and video materials from the library's Special Collections department.  Highlights include: photographs of historic Santa Barbara, photos of film composer Bernard Herrmann, audio recordings from the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Posters by artist from San Francisco's Kearney Street Workshop and much, much more!

UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive

The UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive provides free access to a digital collection of over 10,000 cylinder recordings held by the Department of Special Collections. You can find out more about the cylinder format, listen to thousands of musical and spoken selections from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and discover a little-known era of recorded sound.


Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history. Calisphere's content has been selected from the libraries and museums of the UC campuses, and from a variety of cultural heritage organizations across California.

Online Archive of California

The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to some digitized materials, but is primarily a database used for locating manuscript collections and other historical materials in over 150 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses

Discography of American Historical Recordings

The Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR) is a database of more than 130,000 master recordings made by American record companies during the 78rpm era. Included is data on: Berliner Gramophone Co. domestic recordings from 1892 to 1900; Victor Talking Machine Company recordings made in the United States and in Central and South America before mid-1933, releases derived from masters recorded in Europe by the Gramophone Company, and trial recordings of new artists and sessions from which no discs were issued; US Columbia masters recorded between 1901 and 1934. 10,000 digitized discs from the Victor Talking Machine Company can also be streamed online.