Recorded Sound Collections: Guides & Reference Aids
All of the Recorded Sound Section’s online finding aids
are listed below. The Motion Picture Broadcasting and Recorded
Sound Division is one of several Library divisions participating
in the effort to
Encoded Archival Description
(EAD). One may search
across encoded finding aids for all Library divisions or browse
the union list of EAD finding aids from the Library's EAD
Finding Aid page.
For some finding aids, selecting “outline view” will
provide a navigation frame with individual sections linked to the
finding aid; the sections may be searched and printed separately.
This view will load quickly. Selecting “full view” will
provide a single file which may be used for printing or searching
within the entire finding aid. A lengthy finding aid may load very
slowly in “full view”. Additionally, you may select “PDF” to
view and print the finding aid using Adobe
Portable Document format.
Because most collections are stored offsite, researchers
will need to schedule an appointment to access
materials. Call the Recorded Sound Reference
Center at (202) 707-7833 for information.
to the finding aids listed above, the Recorded Sound Section has also made
The Radio Form/Genre Guide which should be of assistance
to archivists, librarians, and researchers attempting to locate and catalog
The terms listed in this guide are used by our catalogers when processing radio
broadcast recordings in the Library
of Congress online catalog and SONIC, two databases containing recorded