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About Collections & Services
New registry recordings announced today (April 13, 2022)
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The Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division blog
101 Independence Ave. SE
James Madison Building, LM 113
Performing Arts Reading Room
Washington, D.C. 20540-4690
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Monday - Friday, 9:30am to 4:00pm
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.
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.