Digital Library of the Week: Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project

Original Edison tinfoil phonograph. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Edison National Historic Site.)
Original Edison tinfoil phonograph. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Edison National Historic Site.

Cylinder recordings are sound recordings that were first produced on tinfoil in 1877. These were the earliest medium with which sound was recorded and then replayed. With fifty years of technological development in cylinder recordings, the most famous use of these cylinders is Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph.

The University of California at Santa Barbara has a terrific special collection on the history and sound of cylinder recordings called the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project.

We have a direct link to it in our catalog as well as books on the history of sound recordings and the history of the phonograph. So go ahead, listen to some American history and enjoy!

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