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Edison Home Phonograph (detail)

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Music Library information including contacts, access, hours, transit, driving and parking.

Special Collections, Barchas Room

Acquires and preserves manuscripts, rare books, and university archives.

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Sound recordings Jonathan Manton 2014-05-28 Music, Sound recordings

Notable collections

Monterey Jazz Festival logo

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

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

The Heifetz Collection features recordings by the violinist and a rare unpublished recording by Leopold Auer.

Yehudi Menuhin

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

Mario Ancona

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

Ruth and Mario Chamlee in Manon

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 was a tenor with the Metropolitan Opera Company.

Ted Fagan

This is the personal collection of Theodore Fagan, United Nations translator, author, and music collector.

Kirsten Flagstad

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

Richard Finnie and colleagues

Open reel tape recordings made by documentary filmmaker, photographer, ethnographer, and historian Richard Sterling Finnie.

Riverwalk Jazz logo

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.

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

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

Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena, CA

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

Jim McRae and KZSU Project South volunteers, 1965

Transcripts and audio recordings of interviews with Civil Rights workers in the South recorded by Stanford students during the summer of 1965.

Philip G. Zimbardo

Research and teaching files, professional files and correspondence, audiovisual materials, professional papers, and materials documenting the Stanford Prison Experiment.

Campus planning

Audio recordings of Stanford events and activities.

French Horn

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).

Blanche Thebom as Laura, in La Gioconda

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.

KSFO logo circa 1950-1965

The KSFO collection consists of audiovisual material and ephemera from this San Francisco radio station's years owned by Golden West Broadcasting, 1956-1983.

James Schwabacher

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.

Richard Hadlock

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.

Earl Hines, New York, ca. Mar. 1947

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.

Grażyna Bacewicz

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.

Alan Farley

The Alan Farley Collection consists primarily of recordings made for the radio program Book Talk on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco, California.

Front cover image from Nothing Left in my Hands by Kazuko Nakane

The Issei Oral History Project in Watsonville consists of interviews conducted by Kazuko Nakane from 1978 to 1983 with fifteen Japanese-American residents in Watsonville, California.

Gerhard Samuel

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.

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

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.

Tape container for Wind (1961)

The Richard Maxfield Collection consists of electronic music written by Maxfield on open reel tape from 1959 to 1964.

Subject Librarians

Jerry McBride
Head Librarian, Music Library, Head Librarian, Archive of Recorded Sound
(650) 725-1146 (650) 384-9817
Jonathan Manton
Sound Archives Librarian
(650) 725-8862