Archive of Recorded Sound
Established in 1958, the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound was one of the first major collections devoted to the acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of historically and artistically significant sound recordings. Stanford University Libraries recognized early on that these aural documents should be an integral part of a university's scholarly resources.
The Archive houses more than 350,000 recordings, 5000 film and video sources, and 6000 print and manuscript items. With a number of items dating back to the late 1800s, the earliest years of sound recording, almost every format developed to record sound can be found here: wax cylinders, shellac and vinyl discs. acetate and aluminum transcription discs, magnetic wire recordings, tapes, compact discs, and laser discs.
An extensive reference collection of books and periodicals, including a wide range of discographies, is maintained on the history and development of the sound recording industry and its major figures. Original record manufacturers' catalogs, liner notes, photographs, and clipping files are also available.
The Archive also houses and maintains a magnificent collection of original phonographs.
Files of the organizational departments of the Ambassador Auditorium as well as audio and video recordings.
The Mario Ancona Collection includes photographs, memorabilia, sound recordings, and more related to Ancona's career.
The Bonelli Collection includes letters, programs, scores, scrapbooks, recordings, posters, and news clippings.
The William C. Lynch Dennis Brain Collection principally consists of commercial and unpublished recordings of the world renowned British horn player, Dennis Brain (1921-1957).
Tenor Mario Chamlee sang at the leading opera houses in the United States and abroad. His wife Ruth was a soprano and noted singing teacher.
The Heifetz Collection features recordings by the violinist and a rare unpublished recording by Leopold Auer.
Includes correspondence and research notes related to Hickling's discography of Lehmann's performances.
The Menuhin Collection contains many test pressings of Menuhin's performances as a violin soloist.
Recordings of live performances throughout the history of this enduring American cultural institution.
Riverwalk Jazz: Live At The Landing educated and entertained public radio listeners with a program devoted to celebrating traditional jazz and popular music of the pre-war era.
The Blanche Thebom Collection consists of scores, correspondence, publicity, production notes, and media from the mezzo-soprano's post-Met career as teacher and director.