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Joe Smith Collection

Tony Schwartz with recording gear

National Jukebox Launched
over 10,000 streaming historical recordings

  101 Independence Ave. SE
   James Madison Building, LM 113
   Performing Arts Reading Room
   Washington, D.C. 20540-4690
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Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm
Closed Weekends &  Federal Holidays

Listeners are advised to contact the Recorded Sound Reference Center two  weeks prior to visiting. The collections are now stored offsite and patrons must make listening appointments. Recordings do not circulate.
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The Recorded Sound Reference 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 Motion Picture and Television Reading Room.

  The Library of Congress >> Researchers
  November 27, 2012
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