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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.
Spoils of the 78-rpm Era Belong to More Than Victor
Introducing the Discography of American Historical Recordings
The Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings has been expanded and is now incorporated into a new website, the Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR). The DAHR includes not only the Victor discography but documentation of two additional record labels, the Berliner Gramophone Co. and Columbia Records. The Berliner and Columbia data is based on two authoritative print discographies, Paul Charosh’s Berliner Gramophone Records: American Issues, 1892-1900 and Tim Brooks’ and Brian Rust’s four-volume Columbia Master Book Discography. These two discographies have been converted to a database format and supplemented with new information by editors at the University of California Santa Barbara.
The debut of the Discography of American Historical Recordings features information on every U.S. Berliner disc known to us and all acoustic ten-inch discs in Columbia’s domestic matrix series. The Victor discography is updated on the DAHR; documentation of additional Victor and Columbia masters is added to the DAHR website several times a week. Like this Victor website, the DAHR includes audio from the Library of Congress National Jukebox (soon to include Columbia sides) and features enhanced search tools. This site, the Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings, will no longer be updated. All information about Victor recordings on this website, and more, is included in the DAHR.
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.
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