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The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound: ABOUT

A discovery and access guide to Recorded Sound collections at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

About this guide

Founded in 1965, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound (abbreviated as Recorded Sound hereafter) is one of the richest and diverse resources for sound studies in the world. The archive holds over 700,000 audiovisual recordings, print materials, and realia, which document the history of recorded sound both in content and format from the late 1800s to the present. This Libguide was created by Danielle Cordovez.

  • Want to learn how music was recorded, marketed and played in 1937? 
  • Interested in listening to Metropolitan Opera performances from the early 1900s? 
  • Curious about psycho-acoustic sound therapy? 

This guide will show you how to find and access these and other amazing treasures in our collections!