Record Auction, Catalogs, and Communication Collection

Identifier: MUSIC-002

Collection Overview

Scope and Contents

Collection consists mainly of catalogs from record distributors, publishers, and some record stores; some of these catalogs were intended for individual consumers or collectors, but others were for the proprietors of record stores. Some folders also contain press releases, communication from labels and distributors, newsletters from labels, and new release notices; when there were many of these non-catalog items for a particular publisher, they have been arranged in separate folders, but they exist in snaller numbers in other folders, as well. Particularly notable in this collection are the many catalogs from niche or regional labels, as well as the many listings for record auctions. Many of these catalogs were used by MLBSSA staff to build the sound archives collection, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s.


  • Publication: 1905 - 2013


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Biographical / Historical

Collection created by MLBSSA staff from donations by Bill Schurk, Bill Hemmerlein, Lee Cooper, and others.

Language of Materials



Arranged alphabetically by name of record company, distributor, or publisher

Physical Location

Located in Jerome Library, Room 100; items must be retrieved by MLBSSA staff

Separated Materials

Catalogs and materials related to Western classical music have generally not been retained.

Related Materials

Press releases and other information related to individual performers or groups are in the Promofiles Collection (MUSIC 037).

Some of the sound archives' promotional materials from record companies or distributors have been transferred to other MLBSSA collections, most often: Music Posters Collection (MUSIC 004), Music Promotional and Marketing Objects Collection (MUSIC 023), Music Calendar Collection (MUSIC 025), and Record Flat Collection (MUSIC 047).

Discographies are cataloged individually and can be found using the BGSU library catalog.
Guide to the Record Auction, Catalogs, and Communication Collection
Lindy Smith
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • 2021: Updated by Dee Elliott and David R. Lewis