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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.

News

November 12, 2020 Earliest commercial recordings made in Los Angeles featured in series of LA Times articles: LA Cylinders. UCSB's "Temple of Sound." Guardians.

November 18, 2019: Reverb Effect Podcast "Archive Magic: Uncovering Voices of the Past" features UCSB cylinders online.

November 4, 2019: Spokenweb Podcast: "Sound Recordings are Weird" interviews Project Director online.

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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.