Lost Recording List
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. For example, it is estimated that only 2% of the 3000-plus cylinder recordings produced by the North American Phonograph Company (NAPCo) between 1889 and 1894 have been accounted for.
Some other recordings, commercially released or not, believed to be among the missing include recordings made by Judy Garland, Irving Berlin and even Mark Twain.
There is always, however, the possibility that one or more of these may turn up in attics, basements or elsewhere. The Recorded Sound Section of the Library of Congress is currently searching for the following titles. Have you seen—or heard—any of these? (They may exist as test pressings or commerical releases, and on cylinder, disc or other media.)
If you have, please contact: [email protected].
The list does not purport to be exhaustive. For additional titles the Library is seeking please contact: [email protected].
The Library of Congress is interested in learning of other recordings that were produced but may no longer exist in any format. If you know of any such recordings, please e-mail: [email protected].
Once received, your communication will be reviewed in-house and you will be contacted.