I can't get this to format correctly, but I have put in my answers about
the different labels in the letter after each label's name.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
Mike Gray forwarded:
> I represent the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, a non-profit
>>> project dedicated to preserving and disseminating music of the American
>>> Jewish experience. A summary is attached. The website is:
Have you considered moving your re-issue operations to Canada where
relative sanity prevails?
>>> My question relates to historical recordings of Jewish music
>>> Klezmer, Yiddish, etc.) that were issued in the period 1905 - 1952
>>> on the
>>> following labels:
>>> Banner -- I think Plaza Group-era Banner went into American Record
>>> Corp., and might be part of the Sony empire. If it is the 1940s-50s
>>> Banner -- look out!! you might get your kneecaps broken if you
>>> touch these.
>>> Brunswick -- Generally considered to be split to MCA Universal for
>>> pre-Nov 1931, and Sony era ARC for later masters.
>>> Cardinal -- I think it waporized into thin air.
>>> Deluxe -- 1940s? Linden, New Jersey?
>>> Edison -- Donated by McGraw Edison to U.S. govn't, but Jerry Fabris
>>> has mentioned that there are some in the US Parks Service that are
>>> not sure if it really is in the PD.
>>> Emerson -- Might also be in ARC, but in Sony controlled part.
>>> Pathe Actuelle -- Likewise, in Sony controlled ARC.
>>> Sterling -- 1940s? Also vaporized, I think.
>>> Sun -- 1940s? Might also have vapoirzed.
>>> United Hebrew Disc and Record Co. -- 1940s? Was it part of
>>> ASCH/Stinson/Keynote? Did it use Hed-Arzi masters?
>>> Vocalion -- Split on same terms as Brunswick.
>>> Zon-O-Phone -- Taken over by Victor Talking Machnie long before
>>> 1910, so is part of the Sony Empire.
>>> The Milken Archive owns quality digital transfers of 60+ Jewish music
>>> recordings that were originally issued on these labels, and the Archive
>>> would like to commercially reissue these recordings in a legally
>>> way. I have some documentation about the original records, matrix
>>> etc., and I have been attempting to make due diligence searches to
>>> find the
>>> current owners of these recordings. The online resources of the US
>>> Office, ARSC, and the CLIR Survey of Reissues of U.S. Recordings
>>> have been
>>> generally helpful. My specific question is whether the current
>>> status of any/all of the twelve labels listed above is already
>>> known, and -
>>> if so - how I might access that information. Would you be able to
>>> advise me,
>>> or to guide me towards existing reference materials regarding the
>>> status of these labels?
>>> I have already learned that the Edison recordings are in the public
>>> But the task of researching the other labels is proving to be quite
>>> daunting, especially for a non-profit organization with limited
>>> staff. If it
>>> were possible for the Milken Archive to avoid "re-inventing the
>>> wheel" in
>>> pursuing due-diligence, then this would be preferable. Any
>>> suggestions you
>>> might offer would be appreciated.
>>> Thank you for your consideration.
>>> Sincerely yours,
>>> Paul Schwendener
>>> Artist and Repertoire Adviser
>>> Milken Archive of American Jewish Music
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>>> (914) 833 1762