Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings
Spoils of the 78-rpm Era Belong to More Than Victor
Introducing the Discography of American Historical Recordings
The Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings has been expanded and is now incorporated into a new website, the Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR). The DAHR includes not only the Victor discography but documentation of two additional record labels, the Berliner Gramophone Co. and Columbia Records. The Berliner and Columbia data is based on two authoritative print discographies, Paul Charosh’s Berliner Gramophone Records: American Issues, 1892-1900 and Tim Brooks’ and Brian Rust’s four-volume Columbia Master Book Discography. These two discographies have been converted to a database format and supplemented with new information by editors at the University of California Santa Barbara.
The debut of the Discography of American Historical Recordings features information on every U.S. Berliner disc known to us and all acoustic ten-inch discs in Columbia’s domestic matrix series. The Victor discography is updated on the DAHR; documentation of additional Victor and Columbia masters is added to the DAHR website several times a week. Like this Victor website, the DAHR includes audio from the Library of Congress National Jukebox (soon to include Columbia sides) and features enhanced search tools. This site, the Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings, will no longer be updated. All information about Victor recordings on this website, and more, is included in the DAHR.
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.
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 early-1930s. This information may be found in the new Discography of American Historical Recordings.
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)"