At a glance

Archive of Recorded Sound

Collections by genre

Classical

Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena, CA

Ambassador Auditorium Collection

Files of the organizational departments of the Ambassador Auditorium as well as audio and video recordings.

Privately produced Leopold Auer recording, signed by the artist on June 7, 1920.

Jascha Heifetz Collection

The Heifetz Collection features recordings by the violinist and a rare unpublished recording by Leopold Auer.

Arturo Toscanini poses on a ship's deck (undated)

Jack Lund Collection

The Jack Lund Collection contains personal papers of Jack Lund, an avid classical music collector, as well as numerous newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, and music books.

French Horn

William C. Lynch Dennis Brain Collection

The William C. Lynch Dennis Brain Collection principally consists of commercial and unpublished recordings of the world renowned British horn player, Dennis Brain (1921-1957).

Yehudi Menuhin

Yehudi Menuhin Collection

The Menuhin Collection contains many test pressings of Menuhin's performances as a violin soloist.

Grażyna Bacewicz

Judith Rosen Collection

The Judith Rosen Collection consists of unpublished recordings of performances, lectures, and radio programs concerning classical music, focusing on twentieth century composition, as well as women musicians and composers.

Gerhard Samuel

Gerhard Samuel Collection

Papers and recordings from American conductor and composer Gerhard Samuel (1924-2008), particularly from his years conducting the Oakland Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, and University of Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra.

Jazz

Earl Hines, New York, ca. Mar. 1947

Ken Ackerman Collection

The Ken Ackerman Collection consists of broadcast recordings of live jazz performances from the 1950s and 60s, captured at various clubs in San Francisco, particularly Club Hangover.

The Williams Quartette

Bob Arnold Collection

Bob Arnold was a popular music historian and collector in Albany, California.

l to r: Jim Cullum Sr., Willson Davis, Louis Armstrong, Harvey Kindervater, and Jim Cullum Jr., 1965.

Jim Cullum Collection

The Happy Jazz Band was formed in 1962 by Jim Cullum with his son, Jim Cullum, Jr. in San Antonio, Texas.

Richard Hadlock

Richard Hadlock Annals of Jazz Collection

Open reel tape recordings of the “Annals of Jazz” radio program produced and hosted by historian and educator Richard Hadlock, broadcast on KCSM, San Mateo between 1982 and 1991.

Riverwalk Jazz logo

Riverwalk Jazz Collection

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.

Monterey Jazz Festival logo

The Monterey Jazz Festival Collection

Recordings of live performances throughout the history of this enduring American cultural institution.

Opera

Mario Ancona

Mario Ancona Collection

The Mario Ancona Collection includes photographs, memorabilia, sound recordings, and more related to Ancona's career.

Richard Bonelli

Richard Bonelli Collection

The Bonelli Collection includes letters, programs, scores, scrapbooks, recordings, posters, and news clippings.

Ruth and Mario Chamlee in Manon

Ruth and Mario Chamlee Collection

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.

Richard Crooks as Pinkerton

Richard Crooks Collection

Richard Crooks was a tenor with the Metropolitan Opera Company.

Kirsten Flagstad

Kirsten Flagstad Collection

Kirsten Flagstad (1895-1962) was known as the premier Wagnerian soprano of her time.

Lehmann  as the Marshallin

Gary Hickling Collection on Lotte Lehmann

Includes correspondence and research notes related to Hickling's discography of Lehmann's performances.

James Schwabacher

James Schwabacher Collection

The James Schwabacher Collection consists of sound recordings, correspondence, scores, scrapbooks, clippings, programs, teaching material and other papers from San Francisco philanthropist and lyric tenor James Schwabacher.

Blanche Thebom as Laura, in La Gioconda

Blanche Thebom Collection

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.