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Mar 2, 2022

Thousands of Original Thomas Edison Recordings Digitized, Available for Free Streaming

History’s on-demand playlist has expanded significantly with the release of 2,400 Edison sound disc recordings — some recorded by the famed inventor himself — that have been digitized for free listening by the public.

The collection, which has been preserved for years at Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, features many rarities, including unissued test pressings that were recorded in New York and European cities between 1910 and 1929.

The digital recordings were created by the University of California, Santa Barbara Library Special Research Collections on its Discography of American Historical Recordings website.

The digital recordings can be accessed online through the University of California, Santa Barbara Library Special Research Collections on its Discography of American Historical Recordings website.

Do not expect high-fidelity from these recordings, however.