As of 2011, the Belfer had 19,750 cylinders; 11,971 were unique titles. The numbers probably haven't significantly changed since then.
Jennifer (formerly of Syracuse)
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Counts of Wax Cylinders in Collections
Such would take quite a bit of research; asking, searching, and
compiling. A supplier of boxes might be interested, but I'm not sure who
else might find it useful to know. There are a number of cylinder
collections noted on the Internet; some with counts, some without. Using
the string "recording cylinder collections count" you will find many
collections. One would also have to conduct a search of the categories
of cylinders, e.g. Field recordings, oral history, et al.
On 5/13/2019 11:53 AM, Hugh Paterson III wrote:
> Where can I get a count of the wax cylinders in various archives?
> I mean LOC is claimed by Press Releases to have the largest collection in
> the USA. But I can't find a count.
> ATM@UI claims just under 7000. But I don't see an exact number anywhere
> (but maybe I'm not looking in the right place?)
> University of California Berkeley’s Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
> was part of the IRENE project but I don't see a full count. Someone says
> 148 but I suspect this might be scoped to a single Indigenous language.
> In contrast to these numbers in the hundreds and low thousands, Tjeerd de
> Graaf in various publication cites number in the tens of thousands for
> the Berliner
> Phonogramm-Archiv and an archive in St. Petersburg Russia, and for Vienna.
> Any pointers?
> - Hugh Paterson III
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