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© The British Library, Historic ethnographic field recordings on wax cylinders from 1898-1915 at The British Library. More on wax cylinders: http://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Ethnographic-wax-cylinders

Historic Ethnographic Recordings (1898 – 1951) at the British Library

Registration year: 2011
Submission year: 
2010
Collection ID: 
2010-37

The Historic Ethnographic Recordings collection contains field recordings of orally transmitted cultures made throughout the world by linguists and musicologists. Some of these recordings represent the earliest extant sources for research into those cultures, and have captured in the most vivid format available at the time, unmediated by foreign textual interpretation, a linguistic and cultural diversity in a precious moment on the cusp of today’s ‘global village’. Not only were these recordings among the first of such to be made but also they may be the last: many of the languages and musical practices that feature in this collection are endangered or no longer exist.

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© The British Library, Historic ethnographic field recordings on wax cylinders from 1898-1915 at The British Library. More on wax cylinders: http://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Ethnographic-wax-cylinders
Historic ethnographic field recordings on wax cylinders from 1898-1915 at The British Library. More on wax cylinders: http://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Ethnographic-wax-cylinders
© The British Library

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© The British Library, Historic ethnographic field recordings on wax cylinders from 1898-1915 at The British Library. More on wax cylinders: http://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Ethnographic-wax-cylinders
Historic ethnographic field recordings on wax cylinders from 1898-1915 at The British Library. More on wax cylinders: http://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Ethnographic-wax-cylinders
© The British Library

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© The British Library, Historic ethnographic field recordings on wax cylinders from 1898-1915 at The British Library. More on wax cylinders: http://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Ethnographic-wax-cylinders
Historic ethnographic field recordings on wax cylinders from 1898-1915 at The British Library. More on wax cylinders: http://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Ethnographic-wax-cylinders
© The British Library

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© The British Library, Historic ethnographic field recordings on wax cylinders from 1898-1915 at The British Library. More on wax cylinders: http://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Ethnographic-wax-cylinders
Historic ethnographic field recordings on wax cylinders from 1898-1915 at The British Library. More on wax cylinders: http://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Ethnographic-wax-cylinders
© The British Library
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