The library’s cylinder recordings are available online through the UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive. 10,000 Victor Talking Machine Company discs are online through in the Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR).
Sound recordings in the collections are available for listening in the Special Collections reading room. We are able to make in-house copies of audio materials when requested by patrons. Requests can be submitted using your Special Collections Research Account online. Copies of commercial recordings such as 78rpm discs can often be made quickly, while larger requests may take longer depending on availability of equipment and staff time. Please contact the Special Collections staff well in advance of deadlines to ensure that we can have copies available. Copies do not leave Special Collections, except for use by UCSB Faculty or TAs in classroom.
Copies for offsite use
Off-campus researchers unable to use the Inter Libary Loan system may still obtain copies for a fee. Requests can be submitted using your Special Collections Research Account online. Please see our Audio/Visual Materials Copying Fees and Restrictions for more information. The University of California rarely holds copyright to the recordings in the collections. Permission to reproduce recordings still under copyright must be secured from the copyright holder.