Japanese phonograph record collection, circa 1927-1932

Japanese phonograph record C0141


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Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections & Archives
Creator George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections & Archives
Title Japanese phonograph record collection
circa 1927-1932
Physical Characteristics 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract The Japanese phonograph record collection contains 15 78 rpm phonograph records mostly in sleeves with Japanese writing. The records were either printed in the United States or Japan for the Japanese music market, and released by Columbia, Ploydor, Victor, Orient Records and Regal.
Collection Number C0141
Language English

Historical Information

The records in this collection are early examples of "electrical" recordings. Prior to 1925 recordings were made acoustically with singers and musicians playing into a horn. Electrical recording introduced the microphone which could pick up a larger range of sound and tone. Record companies developed specific names for this new recording process. The Victor Talking Machine company dubbed the new electric records as Othrophonic Records; Columbia produced "viva-tonal" records. The records in this collection are labeled as such.

A product of Nipponophone, Orient was acquired by Columbia in 1925

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Scope and Contents

The Japanese phonograph record collection contains 15 78 rpm phonograph records produced for sale in Japan. The collection also includes original record sleeves and printed material packaged with the record. The records in this collection were released by: Columbia, Regal, Victor, Ploydor and Orient Records. The records could have been released by the American division of these labels for export, or by there Japanese branches. The design of the labels present on the discs indicated that these records were released in the late 1920s through early 1930s. The records have been recorded with the new "electric" recording process, which was introduced to the music industry in 1925.

The song title and artist name are printed in Japanese with only the record company name printed in English. As of now the records remain unidentified.

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Arrangement

Organized into five series.

Series 1: Columbia, circa 1928 (Box 1)
Series 2: Victor, circa 1927-1932 (Box 1)
Series 3: Orient, circa 1928 (Box 1)
Series 4: Ploydor, circa 1925-1932 (Box 1)
Series 5: Columbia Regal, circa 1925-1932 (Box 1)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

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Related Material

Special Collections and Archives also holds the Music, Theatre, and Spoken Word sound recording collection.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Music.
Music--20th century.
Music--Japan
Music--Japan--20th century

Document Types:

Sound recordings.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Japanese phonograph record collection, Collection #C0141, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Donor unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections and Archives staff.

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Contents List

Series 1: Columbia, circa 1928
1 Columbia 26507, circa 1928
2 Columbia 26508, circa 1928
Series 2: Victor, circa 1927-1932
3 Victor 50833, circa 1927-1932
4 Victor 50834, circa 1927-1932
5 Victor 50834, circa 1927-1932
6 Victor 50604, circa 1927-1932
7 Victor 50605, circa 1927-1932
8 Victor 50833, circa 1927-1932
Series 3: Orient, circa 1928
9 Orient 60433, circa 1928
10 Orient 60432, circa 1928
Series 4: Polydor, circa 1925-1932
11 Polydor 3832, circa 1925-1932
12 Polydor 3833, circa 1925-1932
Series 5: Columbia Regal, circa 1925-1932
13 Columbia Regal 65882, circa 1925-1932
14 Columbia Regal 65883, circa 1925-1932
15 Record Sleeves, circa 1925-1932
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