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Two British contributions.
(1) I believe the Columbias mastered in the US were numbered with matrixes
from 100000 to 120000, which are not covered in Brooks & Rust's book. The
only way I have found to break this problem (which applies to *all* "ethnic"
recordings, not just the cultures you mention) is to use the EMI Microfilms
here at the British Library Sound Archive. (BL reel numbers 88 to 94
inclusive). This is a very second-best source, since they are arranged in
chronological order of the metalwork arriving the Wandsworth factory, and
frankly the clerks were not well-versed in spelling foreign names and
titles! And the "RS Dates" (which means Recording Sheets Dates) are often
very sloppily done, probably because no Recording Sheets were available, or
a complete batch of material would be given an incorrect (or estimated)
common date.
(2) I regret I do not know how to tackle the East European Gramophone
Company recordings; the metalwork and its documentation went to Russia, and
I have not found any such material (not even Victor's) here in Britain. But
I should like to be proved wrong.
Peter Copeland

-----Original Message-----
From: RA Friedman [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 19 October 2003 01:53
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Polish/Ukranian Recordings

I'm cataloging recordings for the local historical society. Basically a
hodge podge, but there are a lot of Eastern European recordings:
Jewish/Polish/Ukranian. The Jewish ones are not a problem plus there are
plenty of experts I can query as well as books. Are there some
equivalent sources of information for Polish and/or Ukranian music and
recordings? Most of these are Victor Electric "Scroll" and Columbia Viva
Tonals from about 1925.

RA Friedman, Archivist
Freedman Jewish Music Archive
University of Pennsylvania


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