New Digital Collection with 5,000 Cylinder Recordings Online

A new digital collection featuring the library's cylinder recordings from the mid 1890s to the mid 1920s is now online. The site is available at http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/. The project is the culmination of a two-year grant funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The site features downloadable mp3 audio files as well as streaming versions of 5,000 of the library's cylinder recordings. More cylinders are being added as they are cataloged and digitized. The site also has "streaming radio" programs on various topics and a "featured cylinder" section, showcasing some of the most interesting items in the collection.