UCSB: Early 20th Century Recordings

UCSB’s Edison wax cylinder collection provides a great many early recordings from the 1890s and 1900s, which is as close as modern recorded music gets to the 1860s*.  Some of these recordings actually feature Civil War veterans, and provide us with a sense of how these songs may have sounded when played during the war, a few dozen years before:

*For more about Antebellum audio recordings, see UCSB’s “phonautograph” resources >> and the NY Times article “Researchers Play Tune Recorded Before Edison” >>

Edison Cylinders of Civil War Music:

Songs of Stephen Foster:

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