Universal Music Donates Music Archive to Library of Congress - In a musical donation without precedent, Universal Music Group has gifted the Library of Congress' Recorded Sound Section with a mother lode of 200,000 master recordings. The masters -- a trove of mono metal parts, lacquers and quarter-inch tape recorded by the Decca, Brunswick, Vocalion and Mercury labels between 1928 and 1948 -- represent the largest single contribution ever received by the library's audio-visual division and the first major collection obtained by the institution.
The UMG recordings -- comprising both previously released music and unreleased outtakes -- encompass material by Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, the Dorsey Brothers, the Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Jimmy Lunceford, Louis Jordan, Judy Garland and other crucial American artists.
Individual tracks in the collection include such seminal recordings as Crosby's bestselling 1947 version of "White Christmas," the Mills Brothers' "Paper Doll," Armstrong's "Ain't Misbehavin'" and Les Paul's "Guitar Boogie."
More than 5,000 linear feet of physical material -- about a mile, in terms of shelf space -- will be housed, catalogued and digitized at the library's Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, established in Culpeper, Va., in May 2007.
Universal Music Donates Music Archive to Library of Congress