Archive of Recorded Sound: Open House

Sponsored by Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries


Wednesday, May 16, 2018
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
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Archive of Recorded Sound, Braun Music Center (lower level)
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Event Details:

Listening to music has become a passion in our current, busy lives.  With the development of digital formats and downloading, digital music devices abound in the marketplace, our homes, and our offices—but the listening experience hasn’t always been this way.  Just a century ago, before the advent of “digital,” or stereo, or even electric recording, people enjoyed recorded music through such formats as 78 rpm records, cylinders, music boxes, and player piano rolls.  

Stanford’s Archive of Recorded Sound, one of the largest recorded sound archives in the United States, holds not only a half million sound recordings in a multitude of physical formats, but it also has the authentic, vintage machines for playing those recordings.  These include a cylinder phonograph that dates back to 1904, an Edison phonograph from ca. 1916, a 1926 Victrola “Credenza” phonograph, and a Welte Mignon mechanical piano from the early 1920s.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Archive of Recorded Sound (1958-2018), the ARS will host an open-house/demonstration for the Stanford community to present selected recordings from our collections through live demonstrations of these amazing, early recorded sound devices. 

Presentation: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Refreshments: 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Admission Info

Free and open to the public. Space is limited to 50 people.

PLEASE NOTE: We have now reached our capacity number of attendees for this event.  Another open house will be scheduled in the fall.