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Archive of Recorded Sound


  • (650) 723-9312
Accessible through the far end of the Music Library basement.

The reference materials in the Archive of Recorded Sound support research in sound recording history, technology, and discography. Two large study tables can accommodate up to 20 patrons; group presentations can also be accommodated. Vintage audio equipment is on display at the archive, including disc, cylinder, and wire playback machines, as well as music boxes.


Enter through Music Library, lower level.

Place to Study

absolute quiet
large tables