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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

“Polonaise in D major” performed by Albert Spalding.

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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?

Thomas Edison's laboratory and factory, including the sound recording archives, is administered by the National Park Service as a National Historic Site.