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Financial Support

The Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project relies on grants and outside funding for its ongoing operations. Infrastructure and project leadership are provided by the UCSB Libraries, but ongoing funds for digitizing, cataloging, and preserving new acquistions as well as acquiring rare cylinders comes from private individuals, foundations, and government agencies. If you would like to help support the project, please consider making a tax-deductible donation.

If there is an individual cylinder that we have not yet digitized, consider adopting it. To adopt a particular cylinder, please participate in our Adopt a Cylinder program.

It costs the library $60 to catalog, digitize, rehouse, and preserve a single cylinder. Adding another 500 cylinders to the archive and putting them online would cost approximately $20,000. If you would like to support large-scale digitization and make a substantial or ongoing financial contribution to the project, please contact project director David Seubert at 805-893-5444 or at seubert@library.ucsb.edu.

Donating Cylinders

You can help UCSB's online archive of cylinder recordings grow by donating cylinder recordings to the UCSB Library for digitization and long-term preservation. Cylinders that the library doesn't already own (provided that they are in good, playable condition) will be digitized and added to the collection for others to enjoy. You, your family and friends will be able to listen to the online recordings anytime, with the knowledge that these recordings will be preserved for posterity at the UCSB Libraries and that they will contribute to a growing collection of audio that is freely accessible to scholars and the public. Your name will also be permanently associated with the cylinders that you donate.

All types of cylinders are welcome, from brown wax cylinders to Blue Amberols or even home or field recordings. Whether they are rare or not so rare, you can ensure that they are preserved in the proper environment for future generations and that they will be accessible to the public.

We regret that we cannot digitize recordings unless they are donated to the Library.


The project would like to thank the following organizations and individuals who donated cylinders to the project for digitization:

  • Anonymous
  • Darrell Baker, Portland, Oregon
  • Mary Jo K. Bass, Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • Benton County Historical Society, Philomath, Oregon
  • Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Country Music Foundation, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Gerald A. DeLuca, Johnston, Rhode Island
  • Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Jim Garber, Yorktown Heights, New York
  • Gordon Getty, San Francisco, California
  • David Giovannoni, Deerwood, Maryland
  • John Graff, Denver, Colorado
  • Hawthorn's Antique Audio, Roseville, California
  • Scott, Sue Ann, and Gordon Keck, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Thomas Kirkpatrick, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Doug and Katie Kutney.
  • Paul Lassen, Los Angeles, California
  • John Levin, Los Angeles, California
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • Pamela W. Longmire—gift of Dr. Alfred Wrobel, Hunington Beach, California
  • Gloria A Maxey, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Adam Mazer, Whitby, Ontario
  • James McVoy, Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • Estate of William R. Moran, La Cañada, California
  • Richard Muff, Benicia, California
  • Francis Paque, Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • Estate of Quentin Riggs, Oaklahoma
  • Mark Rustad, Edina, Minnesota
  • Robert Tschanz, Hamilton, Ontario
  • UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Ward Irish Music Archives, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • William W. and Karin Whyman, Madera, California
  • Donald G. Wileman, Lindsay, Ontario
  • Bob Walters, Orange, California
  • Joan White, Orinda, California
  • Jonathan Wind, New York, New York

For further information on donating to the archive, please contact the archivist:

David Seubert, Curator
Performing Arts Collection
Davidson Library
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9010
(805) 893-5444

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