From: "Doug Henkle" <[log in to unmask]>
xxx-2010 -0400, Michael Biel wrote:
>> On 8/26/2010 10:48 AM, Doug Henkle wrote:
>>> I have been told that every 78 that ever existed has been
>>> documented somewhere on-line and/or in print.
>>WOW!! Who told you that lie????
> On this page, in 1996, Kurt Nauck wrote:
> "Imagine having instant access to a complete listing of every 78rpm and
> cylinder recording made in the United States!"
> I was wrong by not restricting my statement to "every U.S. 78". This
> was the stated goal of the AVRL (aka AND), and as I understand it, the
> goal was almost accomplished before the 1993-2006 project was abandoned?
> What I can't find is, what happened to the massive amount of information
> accumulated in the AVRL? Is it accessible anywhere by anyone?
These listings are usually known as the "Abrams Files"...Steve Abrams seems
to have put copies of them together...and they WERE (until they
downloadable from Ron Fial's site...?! I am currently striving to
these files...since I have purchased a LOT of "non-jazz-or-dance-band" 78's
from "Nickjay" over the last couple of years...and as well have acquired a
number of such 78's as Lennick's "junk!"
The problem is that there are/were a number of 78's which were never put
into discographies (i.e. hundreds of Henry Burr recordings?!). These files
include AFAIK around 250,000 records...but do NOT include the MANY
post-WWII 78's (which would be a CHALLENGE to compile?!)!). I haven't
yet taken the time to check my changes against Ty Settlemeir's online
Since I don't actively accumulate later 78's, my "new improved" Abrams
Files will still be rather incomplete...?!
Steven C. Barr