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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

“The teddy bears' picnic” performed by American Symphony Orchestra.

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News

October 24, 2017: Cylinder Audio Archive moves to new back-end database.

April 20, 2017: Arreola Family Collection of Mexican and Cuban Cylinders in the Lynn Andersen Collection now online.

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

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Did You Know?

Most early cylinders had a spoken announcement at the beginning with the name of the piece, performer and company. The practice ended around 1909.