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Recorded Sound Research Center (Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division)

Please be advised that our software for playing digitized audio will be offline and unavailable March 22nd through March 31st. All systems should be operational by April 1st. If you are planning to listen to material in the Recorded Sound Research Center during our software upgrade, please contact the reference desk by Wednesday, March 20th to ensure that any digitized materials can be made available for your appointment.

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

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Listeners are advised to contact the Recorded Sound Research Center two  weeks prior to visiting.

  • All sound recordings are stored offsite and researchers must schedule a listening appointment at least two weeks in advance.
  • Most manuscript collections are stored offsite and require a week to be retrieved.
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The Recorded Sound Research 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 Moving Image Research Center.

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  March 14, 2019
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