Sound & Music

See also Graphic Arts page for material related to music.

Alan Lomax Sound Archive.  Contains 17,400 digital audio files collected by folklorist Alan Lomax, including songs, stories, and interviews.
Alexander Rimington Wallace. Color Organ diagram for keyboard. ca. 1911.

American Vernacular Music Website. Digitized handwritten manuscripts from the 1730s to 1910, at the Middle State Tennessee University's Center for Popular Music.

Audio Arts.  Audio-cassette magazine established by Bill Furlong in 1972, from the Tate Archives.

A Brief Timeline of Music in Rhode Island. Providence Public Library site.

Centuries of Sound. "An attempt to produce an audio mix for every year of recorded sound, beginning with 1859.

CTS: Conserve the Sound. Online museum attempting to preserve the sounds of obsolete technology.

First Sounds. Digital recovery of sounds recorded on phonautograms in the mid 19th century. 

Hear My Voice: Alexander Graham Bell and the Origins of Recorded Sound. Sample of Bell's voice from ca. 1885, from the National Museum of American History.

Idea: International Dialects of English Archive. "Online archive of primary-source recordings of English dialects and accents as heard from around the world."
Internet Archive 78 rpm search:  Digitized 78 rpm vinyl recordings.

Internet Archive Audio: Free digital sound recordings: music, radio shows, poetry, podcasts etc.

James Koetting Ghana Field Recordings. Collection of traditional and popular music recorded in the 1970s by ethnomusicologist James Koetting. Brown Digital Repository Collection.

Legal Sources of Online Content. Sources for video, film, and movies, compiled by Educause.

Music Hall Lyrics. Collection of songs performed by English music hall entertainers 1860 to 1920.

Music Vault. Youtube channel featuring over 13,000 popular music concert videos.

NASA Stream on SoundCloud. Collection of sounds from historic and current space missions.

National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.

National Jukebox, Library of Congress: Free historical sound recordings including music and spoken word.

National Recording Preservation Board. National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. Each year 25 works of American sound heritage are added to the registry.

PennSound. Archive of historical audio recordings at the University of Pennsylvania.

Prince Bismarck and Count Moltke before the Recording Horn: The Edison Phonograph in Europe, 1889-1890.

The Public Domain Project. Thousands of media files that may be downloaded FREELY. Includes film, audio, still images and 3D models.

Public Domain Sherpa: List of public domain recording websites.

Reel to Real: Ethnomusicology and Sound at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

RIdIM (Répertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale): Database of music iconography. Contains descriptions of music and dance-related topics or content with links to online images of artworks.

The Roaring Twenties. "An interactive exploration of the historic soundscape of New York City." Hear what 1920s New York sounded like!

Robert Cushman Sheet Music Collection. At the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections.

TV News Archive. Search and view clips from nearly one million U.S. TV news shows since 2009.

World Digital Library.  Free access to "significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world."