Todd Collection (PA Mss 1)

Acquired in 1995, the Todd Collection includes over 200,000 sound recordings, including classical, popular jazz and ethnic disc recordings as well as nearly 6000 cylinders, primarily commercial Edison and Columbia cylinders. A card index to about one third of the collection is in the Special Collections department. The collection also contains a collection of 12 vintage cylinder and disc players, as well as an extensive library of record company catalogs which have been indexed as part of the Sound Recording Catalog Collections. The library has an ongoing program to catalog the recordings in the UCSB Library catalog.

  • Cylinders
    • There are approximately 6,000 cylinder recordings in the Todd Collection. The UCSB Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project makes these and other cylinders accessible online. Visit the project homepage for further information or to listen to these historic recordings.
  • Classical Recordings
    • Approximately 15,000 12" singles and albums are currently accessible. Most of the album sets and a significant number of the singles have been cataloged and copies can be made for in-house listening.
  • Popular Music
    • The 30,000+ pop albums and singles are stored offsite but are indexed in a card catalog. The card catalog can be used by the public to locate recordings which will be paged by library staff.
  • Jazz
    • The jazz recordings are all cataloged and accessible.
  • Miscellaneous
    • The collection also contains Edison recordings, LPs, 45s, 16" radio transcriptions and there are significant uncataloged holdings of 78s in the Todd Collection. As new portions are inventoried, updates will be posted on the website.