A quick announcement that may be of interest. The Southern Folklife
Collection just completed processing 46 linear feet of discographical
files. An inventory to the collection is online at:
The collection consists of materials related to record labels,
discographies, and record collecting in the United States and around the
world, 1907-2006. Materials include record catalogs, discographies,
press releases, newsletters, record release announcements, promotional
materials, newspaper and magazine articles, ledgers, and correspondence.
Also included are collectors' inventories; auction, sale, and "wants"
lists; collectors' reference guides; and directories of record collectors.
Some catalogs, on the Capitol, Conqueror, Columbia, Decca, Gennett,
Harmony, His Master's Voice, King, MGM, Okeh, Parlophone, RCA Victor,
Regal, Vocalion, and Zonophone labels, date from the 1920s, 1930s, and
1940s. There is also a Victor Records catalog from 1907 and a 1924
Paramount and Black Swan catalog annotated by Paramount producer J. Mayo
Williams and sociologist Guy B. Johnson. Okeh Records material includes
original label copy for about 150 records released by Okeh in the 1920s.
The collection also contains substantial materials related to the
American Record Corporation, Arhoolie, Bear Family, Champion, County,
Edison, Romeo, Sugar Hill, and Smithsonian/Folkways record labels. There
are less inclusive materials relating to many other companies. Ledgers
include Brunswick and Vocalion ledger sheets from the 1920s, as well as
ledgers of recordings made by record producer Art Satherley. Among the
collectors represented are Eugene Earle, John Edwards, Will Roy Hearne,
and D.K. Wilgus; among those with extensive discographies are Kitty
Wells and Johnny Cash.
Director, Southern Folklife Collection