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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

“Die Welt ist wie ein Huhnerstall” performed by Gustav Schönwald.



Nov 12, 2015: Listen to the complete recordings featured on BBC Newsday.

Nov 9, 2015: 150 U.S. Everlasting cylinders digitized and online

Nov 1, 2015: Help our preservation efforts! Select from over 2,000 cylinders available for adoption

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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.