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Local History and Genealogy Reading Room (Humanities and Social Sciences Division)
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Tony Schwartz Collection
101 Independence Ave. SE
James Madison Building, LM 113
Performing Arts Reading Room
Washington, D.C. 20540-4690

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Weekdays, 8:30am to 5:00pm
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Before Visiting the Library: All researchers are advised to write or telephone the Recorded Sound Reference Center prior to visiting. The collections are now stored offsite and patrons must make listening appointments.

The Recorded Sound Reference Center provides access to the commercial and archival audio holdings of the Library of Congress. The collection dates from 1926 when Victor Records donated over 400 discs to the Library's Music Division to supplement its print and manuscript holdings. In the custody of the Motion Picture Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division since 1978, the collection has grown to include over 2 million items encompassing audio formats from cylinders to CDs. The holdings complement the field recordings of the American Folklife Center and the moving image collections served in the Motion Picture and Television Reading Room.

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  September 10, 2008
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