Resource of the Week: National Jukebox

Resource:       National Jukebox
Provider:        The Library of Congress

Review by:     Review by: Matthew Akers

The National Jukebox presents a collection of over 10,000 historical acoustical recordings, made between 1901 and 1925 (when electrical recording began becoming the norm). The National Jukebox features a database broken down into many subcategories, like: vocal, language, place, target audience, label, date range, composer, author, lyricist, performer, and genre. Also featured is the Jukebox Day by Day, a page in which you can search recordings by the day and month they were recorded, and the Playlist of Recordings, a list of compilations that feature backing soundtracks to different cultural events like the Civil War, ragtime, Black Broadway, and Tin Pan Alley. Also included is an interactive edition of the 1919 Victoria Book of the Opera, which includes descriptions and plot synopses of more than 110 popular operas of the day and a list of recordings made available for purchase in 1919. All in all, it is an interesting concept, but very focused in its scope.

See our Archive of Past Resources of the Week.

Reviews of teaching resources are for informational purposes only and do not imply endorsement by the Center for History Teaching & Learning, the UTEP History Department, or the University of Texas at El Paso. Reviews are published during the academic year.

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