Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Period of Performance

5/1/2011 - 5/31/2014

Funding Totals

$300,000.00 (approved)
$298,969.79 (awarded)

Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR)

FAIN: PW-50959-11

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
David Seubert (Project Director: July 2010 to December 2014)

Continuing work on the comprehensive Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (1900-1950) that would add 42,000 entries from 1930 to 1940 to the Internet database of gramaphone recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company.

The Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR) is a comprehensive online resource that documents both the daily recording activities and all 78-rpm disc releases of the largest record company in the U.S., Victor Records, from 1900 to 1950. The online database currently documents more than 48,000 recording events, and by April 2011, with funding provided by NEH, it will include edited data on 82,000 recording sessions through 1930. An audio player will be added in the fall of 2010 to stream digitized recordings. Further support from the Endowment will enable the editing of another ten years (1931-1940) of data as well as the addition to the online database of the recordings made by Victor's corporate predecessor, the Berliner Gramophone Co., between 1892 and 1900.