Skip Navigation Links  The Library of Congress >> Researchers
Recorded Sound Research Center (Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division)

ATTENTION: Due to systems upgrade our audio listening service will be limited between August 3-10. No walk in listening will be available, but limited playback will be available for researchers who have made appointments. Contact the staff at the Recorded Sound Research Center to make advance appointments and for more information.They can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 202-707-7833.

About Collections & Services

Research Tools

What's Online

Sports Byline USA Collection

Mickey Mantle

National Jukebox
over 10,000 streaming historical recordings

American Archive of Public Broadcasting

Food for Thought: Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Other speakers at the National Press Club

  101 Independence Ave. SE
   James Madison Building, LM 113
   Performing Arts Reading Room
   Washington, D.C. 20540-4690
   Map showing location

Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm
Closed Weekends &  Federal Holidays


Listeners are advised to contact the Recorded Sound Research 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.
Ask a Librarian
Want to ask the reference staff a question about recorded sound collections?

The Recorded Sound Research 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 Moving Image Research Center.

  The Library of Congress >> Researchers
  July 20, 2018
Legal | External Link Disclaimer

Contact Us:  
Ask a Librarian