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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

“Boccacio.” performed by Don Antonio Vargas.



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 first cylinder recording was made in 1877 on tinfoil by Thomas Edison.