Using the Archive

The Archive provides a number of core services to aid patrons with their research including state-of-the art listening facilities, a large reading room for both individual and group study, duplication services, and reference assistance.

In broad terms, the Archive holds two categories of materials, commercial recordings; primarily consisting of 78rpm and LP discs; and unique collections, comprised of privately recorded material, radio broadcasts, and other rare or one-off recordings. Some of these recordings are digitially preserved but many are not, more about this can be found by following the request digital access link on the left side of this page.

Archive staff are happy to field reference questions you may have by phone or email, so please reach out if you have a question.


Finding aids

Search finding aids for many of our unique collections, available via the Online Archive of California (OAC). 

Cant find what you're looking for?

Not all of the Archive's holdings are available in Searchworks or described in a finding aid. Please contact the Archive and we will check our collections for you.  

Never used archival materials before?

Consult the Society of American Archivists' publication, Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research for useful tips.