The Digital Collections Portal highlights the library's unique and rare collections, including, historic photographs, rare books, art prints, historical sound recordings, maps, government documents and other materials from Special Collections and elsewhere in the library.
The Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project provides free access to a digital collection of nearly 8,000 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.
The Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR) is an index to master recordings (matrixes) and published discs made by the Victor Talking Machine Company beginning in 1900 to 1950.
The database is edited by a team of researchers based at the University of California, Santa Barbara Libraries and includes master recordings, trial recordings of new artists and sessions from which no discs were issued. In cooperation with the Library of Congress, recordings made by Victor are being systematically digitized. Streaming copies of 10,300 recordings can be listened to through the EDVR or the National Jukebox.