Electronic Resource & Database Access

There will be no off-campus access to Library electronic resources and databases this Friday, November 28 from 6-10pm. Library buildings are also closed for the Thanksgiving holiday during that time.

Williams (Frederick P.) Concert and Military Band Collection (1860s-2009) (PA Mss 72)

Unissued test pressing of an early electrical recording by Creatore’s BandPapers and collection of band historian and record collector Frederick P. Williams. Williams collected early band records (78s and cylinders) primarily acousticly recorded concert and military band recordings from around the world. He also assembled a large collection of research materials on many famous early bands (Sousa, Pryor, etc) and well as the lesser known "ethnic" bands led by Giuseppe Creatore and others. The finding guide to these research materials and other items is available on the Online Archive of California.

The collection of 78rpm discs numbers between 25,000-30,000 items and is being cataloged in the library's online catalog. Information on access to the recordings in the collection can be found here.

The 2,500 cylinders from his collection are being cataloged (and will eventually be digitized) through the Cylinder Preservation and Digitziation Project.

 

Photographs of the collection and its transport from Philadelphia to Santa Barbara can be found here.