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The UCSB Library invites you to discover and listen to its online archive of cylinder recordings; donate to help the collection grow; and learn about how these sounds and songs create an audio history of American culture.

Cylinder of the day

“Stick to your mother, Tom” performed by Will Oakland and chorus.



June 12, 2016: Newly digitized cylinders will be posted on Facebook daily beginning Monday June 13.

May 23, 2016: Debus family donates collection of rare recordings.

November 25, 2015: New playlist of Mexican cylinders now online.

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Did You Know?

The oldest recording of the human voice is a phonautogram recorded in 1860 by the French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville.