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Why aren't certain recordings online?

The Cylinder Project contains bibliographic information for over 10,000 cylinder titles representing more than 11,000 individual cylinders owned by the UCSB Library. 10,000 of these cylinders have been transferred and are available for listening. There are two main reasons some cylinders have not been transferred.


Some cylinders are awaiting transfer and will be added at a future date. Our backlog of cylinders to be digitized exceeds the current capacity of our staff to catalog and digitize the cylinders. It costs the library $60 to catalog, digitize, rehouse, and preserve a single cylinder. Thanks to grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the GRAMMY Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, and support from individual donors, we add cylinders incrementally as they are digitized, but, but are still hundreds more to be preserved and digitized.

"Adopt a Cylinder" Program

If you would like to "adopt" a cylinder, we will prioritize the digitization of a cylinder and put it online for you and others to listen to. [More information....]

Damaged Cylinders

Some cylinders are split, moldy, or damaged and our staff decided not to, or was unable to transfer them. Present technology wasn't able to recover the sound from these cylinders. There are no plans right now to make further attempts to digitize these cylinders, though we have preserved them as artifacts..

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Except for Edison cylinders and discs, most early sound recordings will remain protected by a variety of laws and not enter the public domain until February 15, 2067.

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