ATTENTION: Listeners are advised to contact the Recorded Sound Reference Center two weeks prior to visiting.
All sound recordings are stored offsite and researchers must schedule a listening appointment at least two weeks in advance.
Most manuscript collections are stored offsite and require a week to be retrieved.
a Librarian Want
to ask the reference staff a question about recorded sound collections?
The Recorded Sound Reference Center provides access to the commercial
and archival audio holdings of the Library of Congress. The collection
dates from 1926 when Victor Records donated over 400 discs to the
Library's Music Division to
supplement its print and manuscript holdings. In the custody of
the Motion Picture Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division since
1978, the collection has grown to include over 2 million items
encompassing audio formats from cylinders to CDs. The holdings
complement the field recordings of the American
Folklife Center and the moving image collections served in
the Motion Picture and Television