King's Sound Archive
The King's Sound Archive includes some 150,000 78rpm records, mostly UK issues, covering classical and popular releases from the c1900 to c1960.
Background, current use, services
A partial catalogue (work in progress) is available via https://librarysearch.kcl.ac.uk/ . Select 'King's Sound Archive' in place of 'Everything'. Note that composer data is mostly absent at the moment. Search for title, performer or original catalogue number if known. Where available, Library Search provides links to the corresponding sound recordings: look for ‘Available at Music Department & Online’ and click on ‘Details’, then on the title in ‘Links’.
Direct search access to the ca 5,000 recordings available online is easiest via the CHARM sound file search.
A list of the original catalogue numbers of everything we hold is available as two PDFs - one for 10 inch 78s and one for 12 inch 78s. If you know what you are looking for, but do not know the catalogue number, use the CHARM discography search. (The catalogue number will typically be listed under 'Note', 'Issue_78_45', or 'CatNum'.) Failing that, email us and we'll see if we can find it for you.
Many other resources for the study of recorded performances are provided by the CHARM website.
To learn more about the Archive follow the links on the left of this page to ‘Services’ and ‘History of the Archive’.
The King's Sound Archive includes no study space. In the rare cases where physical discs need to be consulted an appointment can be made by contacting the Music Department via Daniel Leech-Wilkinson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that Library Services does not provide assistance on KSA enquiries.
Discs may be heard, studied and copied for you (within the constraints of copyright legislation) by special arrangement.