From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
I would propose "recording ledger" or "recording book". Over the years such
books with handwritten entries have been found, and some have mistakenly been
given the designation "recording ledger", although they have in reality only
been handwritten copies of a selection of the information from the originals. A
famous case was when it was purported that the Fonotipia recording ledgers had
been found. In reality they were merely intended for manufacture and
stock-keeping. For the record company cataloguing, the "musical director's
notes" would not have been relevant, but for historians they are. It seems you
have a bit of seriously interesting company history!
If the book gets scanned to be made available on the web, it would be very nice
if you were to advertise the fact.
> Dear list,
> We are finishing up a catalog record for an Edison Bell log book from
> 1926-1933. It contains handwritten entries for each matrix # including
> date, repertoire, artist, and "musical director's notes."
> We are currently trying to decide on an appropriate LC subject heading.
> Originally, we thought we'd use "logbooks," but it looks like that heading
> is primarily used in a nautical context.
> I wondered if any of you might be able to suggest a heading more
> appropriate for record company logs?
> Thank you!
> Jessica Wood, PhD, MSLS
> Assistant Curator, Music Division/Rodgers & Hammerstein Archives of
> Recorded Sound
> The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
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