International Bibliography of Discographies:
A Worldwide Collaborative Project
Bibliography: the literature of a subject
Discography: a systematic catalogue of published sound recordings focused on a given performer, composer, record label, musical genre or country
The International Bibliography of Discographies (IBD) is a searchable e-resource containing entries for current and historical works of discography. The focus is on commercial published recordings, but discographies of unpublished recordings, transcription discs and field recordings are also included in the bibliography. In the database you will find label, artist, genre and national discographies in multiple languages and formats (books, articles, CD-ROMs, PDFs, websites & databases). We have also included, when available, unpublished work in progress. Each entry in the IBD corresponds to one work of discography, whether originally a print journal article or a large online database.
In addition to discographies, we have chosen to incorporate two other types of sources into the database, given their value for record research:
- record company catalogs
- periodicals known to include discographies
The brief display for each entry includes title, author, publication date and a note about the work’s availability (or a link to a fully digitized version). Brief entries link to more detailed information and an annotation for each item. To assist researchers, we have created a Digital Discography Collection at the Internet Archive to host discographies that contributors or members of our team have digitized as part of the project. When an entry has a corresponding digital version in this collection, it will have the following logo:
Key to entries:
Discographies Record company catalogs Periodicals
Submit entries to the IBD using the form on our home page. New entries will be reviewed by our editorial team & posted within two weeks.
*The IBD was created in 2017 by the Discography Committee of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA). It is now a collaborative project with individual and institutional contributors around the world. Our work has been supported by IASA, Harvard University and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic (DKRVO 2018/47, National Museum, 00023272).