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We are fortunate in having access to copies of original Victor documentation and in being able to consult many experts for advice. But some issues remain unresolved. If you have knowledge about the either of the issues listed below, we'd appreciate hearing from you. If you can shed any light on these mysteries, please contact the editors.
- Victor blue history cards (cards created by the company which document the content and source of each disc side issued) cite a matrix series we're unsure about. The matrix numbers are in the early 96000s and bear a "b" suffix. They represent recordings made about 1905 in Mexico City. Is this a Victor matrix series, or perhaps one from another company? They are not Gramophone Co. numbers. We list them as Zonophone masters, but that's speculative.
- Blue history cards also cite a G- matrix series, recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 1907. There is no documentation about this field trip, aside from references to the G- numbers on the cards. These are different from the masters made during a 1914 trip to Cuba and Trinidad. It's unusual that Victor used the same matrix prefix twice.
EDVR Now Includes Audio!
Users of the Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings can now listen to recordings from more than 10,000 takes listed in the discography. Anywhere you see this icon audio is available for streaming. Searches of titles and discs in the discography can be restricted to recordings for which audio is available.
The EDVR project is a partner of the Library of Congress National Jukebox website. The discography provides most of cataloging data that enable users of the Jukebox to search titles, artists, composers, authors, and other information about the recordings included in the Jukebox. Presently, the Jukebox includes acoustically recorded Victor recordings made between 1900 and 1925. For many masters, the Jukebox includes two or more takes of the same work by the same artist, providing users with the opportunity to compare performances and trace the evolution of acoustical recording technology as it was refined by the Victor Talking Machine Company.
The Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR), funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is an index to master recordings (matrixes) and published discs made by the Victor Talking Machine Company beginning in 1900.
The database is edited by a team of researchers based at the University of California, Santa Barbara Libraries. It includes master recordings made by Victor in the United States and Central and South America, releases derived from masters recorded in Europe by the Gramophone Company, and trial recordings of new artists and sessions from which no discs were issued.
Approximately 1,000 new master recordings are added to the database monthly and the database will eventually extend to the end of the 78rpm era in the early 1950s.
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