A New York Public Library Card is required for access to all collection materials. If you do not have a one, you can apply for a card online here and pick it up at any of the Library's 92 locations.
Disclaimer: Recorded Sound collection materials do not circulate and must be auditioned onsite at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Explore NYPL Digital Collections to find digitized materials from The New York Public Library's archives. New items are added daily and include streaming audio & video, prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, and more.
Search Tip: limit the results of your search to RHA for Recorded Sound collection materials.
Fun Fact: the Edison Album [1889-1900] which contains handwritten testimonials about the Thomas Edison phonograph from scholars, composers, and scientists, is in the Public Domain and viewable in Digital Collections from anywhere!
Find recordings cataloged between 1965 and 1980 in the card files located on the third floor of the Library. This catalog contains listings for recordings cataloged between 1965-1980. The entries are arranged by composer, title, subject, and artist.
The green bound version of this catalog, published by G. K. Hall and Company, is also available onsite and in reference libraries throughout the world.
WNEW Card Catalog
This collection of 78 rpm and 45 rpm recordings of popular music and jazz were donated by the WNEW radio station when it solely began playing vinyl LP records.
Please Note: if you have located material in the title section (blue catalog), you must cross-check the listing in the performer (red catalog) to ensure that the desired selection is available for listening. Filing in the WNEW catalog ignores the spaces between the words. The work “If,” for example, files between “I enjoy...” and “I gave...”.
Print Finding Aids
Finding aids for some unpublished archival collections are available in binders on top of the Main Card Catalog.