International Bibliography of Discographies

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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 The focus is on commercial published recordings, but discographies of unpublished recordings, transcription discs and field recordings are also included in the bibliography.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 We have also included, when available, unpublished work in progress.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).

Number of records in the database: 1184
  • All types
  • discography
  • periodical
  • record catalog
Title Author(s) Publication Year Availability/Digital version
Lokananta: a discography of the national recording company of Indonesia, 1957-1985 Yampolsky, Philip1987Out of print, but available in some university libraries in the U.S. ; information at https://seasia.wisc.edu/publications/#bibliographic-series
La Voz de su amo-Odeon: Los últimos exitos de zarzuelas, Julio 1936 xJuly, 1936mdc.cbuc.cat
Grammophon Platten-Verzeichnis, Series III, April 1905 xduben, 1905recordingpioneers.com
Complete 7-inch Emerson Records Catalog x[1917]archive.org 
RCA: A Complete Catalog of 4-Track Reel Tapes x1968archive.org 
New Victor Records for July 1916 xJuly, 1916babel.hathitrust.org
Columbia Records June [1917] Catalog xJune, 1917babel.hathitrust.org
List of Edison records: echo all over the world, made at the Edison Laboratory. x1900babel.hathitrust.org
Vocalion Records Catalogue, 1926 x1926issuu.com
Zonophone Record Catalogue, Season 1913-14 x[1914]sounds.bl.uk
Disques Pathé à saphir inusable x1927Not Available
Répertoire des disques Pathé x1926Not Available
Catalogue Général des Disques La Voix de son Maître x1931Not Available
Catalogue des Disques Gramophone La Voix de son Maître x1938Not Available
Katalog muzičkih izdanja djela članova Udruženja kompozitora Bosne i Hercegovine x1970Not Available (out-of-print)
Foreign languages on records - Jugoton x1963Not Available (out-of-print)
Jugoton - Govorna izdanja xPresumaby 1977Not Available (out-of-print)
Jugoton - Katalog muzičkih kazeta 1 xPresumably 1974Not Available (out-of-print)
Jugoton - Katalog muzičkih kazeta 2 xPresumably 1974Not Available (out-of-print)
Catalogue of Records = Katalog ozbiljne muzike 1971 x1971Not Available (out-of-print)