The UCSB Library has acquired David Giovannoni's collection of over 500 home wax recordings, assembled over the past 40 years. Home wax, personal recordings, home recordings, or whatever you want to call them were made by everyday people, not record companies or professional field recordists, and capture the early spirit of the public's interaction with recording technology. The bulk of the recordings are from 1893 through the 1920s.
The recordings have been digitized and identified by Giovannoni and Patrick Feaster and are now available online via the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project website. Click on the link below for an introductory essay by Feaster that provides an overview of the collection and a link to the recordings.