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Smithsonian Global Sound Includes more than 35,000 tracks in the categories of American folk, blues, bluegrass, old time country, American Indian, world, jazz, spoken word & sounds and children’s music. It includes the published recordings owned by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the archival audio collections of Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels.


Music Resources

DRAM A not-for-profit resource providing educational communities with on-demand streaming access to CD-quality audio (192kbps Mp4), complete original liner notes and essays from independent record labels and sound archives. Continuing in the tradition of DRAM's sister company New World Records, one of DRAM's primary focuses is the preservation and dissemination of important recordings that have been neglected by the commercial marketplace, recordings that may otherwise become lost or forgotten.

New York Philharmonic Digital Archives Since 2009, the orchestra has developed this outlet for historical information from the earliest concerts through 1970. Includes 3,220-plus programs, 1,365 scores, 4,200-plus images, and some 330 business documents. 

Early Music Online The Early Music Online project has digitised 300 of the world’s earliest surviving volumes of printed music, using copies in the British Library, and has made these freely available online. Digitised version of about half of the British Library’s holdings of 16th-century anthologies of printed music, as listed in RISM B/I (Recueils imprimés XVI-XVII siécles). These volumes contain approximately 10,000 musical compositions, which have been individually indexed. The volumes mainly consist of partbooks of vocal polyphony, but also include some early printed tablatures for keyboard or plucked string instruments. They include music printed in Italy, Germany, France and England.

Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR) Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the EDVR is an index to master recordings (matrixes) and published discs made by the Victor Talking Machine Company beginning in 1900.

Association for Cultural Equity (ACE) Founded by Alan Lomax, an American field collector of folk music. ACE is custodian of the Alan Lomax Archive, a collection of recorded music, dance, and the spoken word.

Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music Archive of Early and Medieval music manuscripts and scores. Hundreds of scanned images available, with higher resolution ones for members.

British Library Sounds 
Spoken word, theater, oral histories, nature recordings, jazz, classical, and traditional music.