Record Sleeves Collection

Identifier: MUSIC-028

Collection Overview

Scope and Contents

Collection contains examples of commercial sleeves for 45rpm and 78rpm discs, as well as inner sleeves for LPs. For many labels, this collection contains a series of sleeves spanning different time periods, locations, and types of music. Taken together, the collection illustrates the history and development of this piece of record marketing. Some sleeves contain advertisements for albums, series, or artists in the label's catalog, others contain information about the label or imagery and design that speak to the label's marketing efforts in a particular time and/or place. In addition to commercial sleeves from record companies, which make up the bulk of the collection, there are also examples of record sleeves advertising record shops, retail stores, manufacturers of turntables and gramophones, and other similar businesses. In addition, each series contains a folder of miscellaneous sleeves, contanining generic sleeves not printed with the name of a record label, sleeves printed in non-Latin scripts, and sleeves that contain more than one record label.


  • Majority of material found in 1920s-1990s


18 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Arranged in four series: I. 78rpm sleeves; II. Oversize 78rpm sleeves; III. 45rpm sleeves; IV. LP sleeves. Within series, sleeves are arranged alphabetically by record label.

Physical Location

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

Related Materials

MLBSSA holds several related collections including: Record Auction, Catalogs, and Communication Collection (MUSIC 002); Music Posters Collection (MUSIC 004); Music Promotional and Marketing Objects (MUSIC 023); Music Calendar Collection (MUSIC 025); Record Carrier Collection (MUSIC 032); Music Trading Card Collection (MUSIC 036); Popular Music Artist Marketing Materials Collection (MUSIC 037); Record Release and Coupling Notices (MUSIC 051).

Sources of Acquisition

Collection created by MLBSSA sound archivist Bill Schurk from donations to the sound archives' recording collection.
David R. Lewis
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