Donations to the Library of Congress
The Recorded Sound Section of the Library of Congress accepts donations of both commercial and non-commercial sound recordings in all audio formats.
Please be aware that, before a donation is accepted by the Library, many factors have to be considered. There are over 3,000,000 items in the recorded sound collection and unnecessary duplication must be avoided. This means that only a few, or no items at all, in any collection of commercial recordings may be of interest to the Library. For example, the Library has copies of most US-produced recordings of standard classical repertory.
Non-commercial recordings of music, oral history and other actualities may be of interest, depending on their content.
The Library must also take into account the condition of all items. Generally speaking, items in less than top condition can only be accepted if they are rare, such as certain early 78s and cylinders.
In order to offer a donation to the Recorded Sound Division, please send an e-mail to: [email protected]. In your message, please provide the following information:
Despite the best efforts of the Library of Congress and other sound repositories around the world, innumerable items from the world’s recorded sound history are believed to be lost. If you have any from our list, please contact: [email protected].
Written correspondence can also be sent. Please send to:
Library of Congress
19053 Mt. Pony Road
Culpeper, VA 22701.
Once received, your communication will be reviewed in-house and you will be contacted.