Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings
EDVR Now Includes Audio!
Users of the Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings can now listen to recordings from more than 10,000 takes listed in the discography. Anywhere you see this icon audio is available for streaming. Searches of titles and discs in the discography can be restricted to recordings for which audio is available.
The EDVR project is a partner of the Library of Congress National Jukebox website. The discography provides most of cataloging data that enable users of the Jukebox to search titles, artists, composers, authors, and other information about the recordings included in the Jukebox. Presently, the Jukebox includes acoustically recorded Victor recordings made between 1900 and 1925. For many masters, the Jukebox includes two or more takes of the same work by the same artist, providing users with the opportunity to compare performances and trace the evolution of acoustical recording technology as it was refined by the Victor Talking Machine Company.
The Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR), funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is an index to master recordings (matrixes) and published discs made by the Victor Talking Machine Company beginning in 1900.
The database is edited by a team of researchers based at the University of California, Santa Barbara Libraries. It includes master recordings made by Victor in the United States and Central and South America, releases derived from masters recorded in Europe by the Gramophone Company, and trial recordings of new artists and sessions from which no discs were issued.
Approximately 1,000 new master recordings are added to the database monthly and the database will eventually extend to the end of the 78rpm era in the early 1950s.
What We're Working On
We add content to the EDVR every other week. Domestic masters for more than 25 years of Victor activities, including all acoustical sessions, are online. All of Victor's Latin American field trips of the late 'teens and early 1920s are also described online. Presently, we're working on editing recording sessions of the late-1920s.
Recently added to our listings of released recordings are hundreds of discs issued by the Gramophone Company that were pressed from masters recorded by Victor. Many more are in the process of beng added to our database. These entries were generously provided to the EDVR by discographer John Bolig. Mr. Bolig is the author of the authoritative Victor Discography Series published by Mainspring Press.
News and Updates
Support from the National Endowment for the Humanities
The Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings is very fortunate to have been recently awarded a third grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The EDVR, and the National Jukebox to which the discography provides cataloging information, would not be possible without the generous support of the Endowment.Posted by on May 18th, 2011
This website currently has the following available for searching, browsing, and commenting:
79,847 Matrix records, 34,034 Names, 59,187 Discs
Domestic Victor matrix editing completed through June 30th, 1930
"Josef Pasternack became Musical Director the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1916. His father and grandfather had been bandmasters in Poland, and he began the study of the violin at age four, under his father's tutelage. At age ten he entered the Warsaw Conservatory of Music, where he initially studied piano and composition. He also took up the study of a new instrument each month, so that by the time he left the Conservatory he could play every instrument in the orchestra except the harp. (Sources: Victor ledgers; Wikipedia)"
"Nasby, Petroleum V., pseud. of David Ross Locke,1833–88, American journalist and satirist, b. Vestal, N.Y. Locke was editor of the Findlay, Ohio, Jeffersonian when he first became prominent by publishing in it (in 1861) the Nasby letters. The writer, Petroleum Vesuvius Nasby, was ostensibly an ignorant, violently prejudiced, proslavery sympathizer, and the letters, which caught the fancy of readers from Lincoln down, were of aid to the Union cause in the Civil War. (Source: The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed.)"
"Louis Shotridge was born about 1882 into a noble Tlingit family. Serving first as a field agent and later as a full-time employee of the University of Pennsylvania's University Museum, he acquired many historically significant Tlingit artifacts on behalf of the museum, a practice that was controversial even at the time. He also produced meticulous exhibition notes and collected oral histories from tribal elders. (Sources: Wikipedia; M. Enge, Collecting the Past)"