Recorded Sound Archive: Search the Catalog and Request a Recording

Cylinder phonograph record storage.
Cylinder phonograph record storage.

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Search the Catalog:

Thomas Edison National Historical Park's sound archive holdings database is available for public searches on-line, as a part of the National Park Service Library Program's "NPS LIBRIS Discovery Portal" at https://www.library.nps.gov/. Thomas Edison NHP's catalog records in NPS LIBRIS include MARC-format data for the 11,000 cylinder records and 39,000 disc records preserved at the Edison Laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey. The majority of the phonograph records in the catalog are Edison recordings made between 1888 and 1929. The collection also includes some Edison-era recordings released by competing companies.

Request an Audio Recording:

Thomas Edison NHP provides digital copies of recordings upon request. Before requesting a recording, we encourage you to search for a copy that is already available via other outlets. Click here for links to Edison-era recordings available on-line from non-profit and governmental organizations. Click here for a list of current compact discs that include recordings from the Thomas Edison NHP sound archive. An on-line discography of Edison records is available here http://www.truesoundtransfers.de/disco.htm.

An individual or group may request one recording per year at no charge. A service fee of $60.00 per hour is charged for requests of more than one recording. The hourly fee will take into account the technical work of reformatting and/or duplicating the audio recording, as well as the additional time needed to fully process the request. Audio files will be delivered electronically via internet download.

To begin a request for recordings, please download and print these two forms: "Audio Recording Duplication Request" and "Copyright and Privacy Restrictions". Complete the forms and send them to:

Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Recorded Sound Archive
211 Main Street
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
email

Upon approval of the request forms and receipt of fees, requestors should allow up to 2 weeks for delivery, perhaps longer for large orders. Rush orders are not accepted. Questions can be addressed to the Museum Curator at the above mailing address, via email or telephone at (973) 736-0550, ext. 48.

Last updated: November 4, 2020

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