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University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
David Seubert (Project Director: August 2008 to August 2011)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2009 – 4/30/2011

Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings

This project will add 30,000 additional entries to the comprehensive Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (1900-1950), which is a searchable electronic database freely available on the Internet.

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. It details more than 165,000 recording sessions produced by the company, including information about more than 300,000 "takes" and over 90,000 works recorded with the participation of 29,000 performers. The EDVR database is the basis of the most comprehensive discographic resource yet available over the internet, with recording data on 40,000 sessions through 1920 to be available online at the completion of the 2007-09 grant cycle and an additional 30,000 sessions from the 1920s by mid-2011. The recorded content includes music of all types--classical, popular, and ethnic--as well as radio programs, motion picture soundtracks, drama, poetry, instruction, and other genres of recorded sound.