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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

“I'm afraid to come home in the dark” performed by Billy Murray.

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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?

"Dialect recordings" were common cylinder recordings and were often negative portrayals of the Irish, African-Americans and other ethnic groups.