International Bibliography of Discographies: A Worldwide Collaborative Project

To access the Bibliography, click here.

Efforts to compile bibliographies which focus specifically on published discographies can be traced back to an article by Carl Bruun and John Gray from the Journal of the British Institute of Recorded Sound in 1962. During the next 20 years several other significant print bibliographies appeared, culminating in the publication of the Bibliography of Discographies series from 1977-1983 (vol. 1: Classical Music, 1925-1975 by Michael Gray and Gerald D. Gibson; vol. 2: Jazz by Daniel Allen; and vol. 3: Popular Music by Michael Gray). Michael Gray later provided an update of classical music discographies for the years 1976-1988, and Tim Brooks has included new discographies in the “Current Bibliography” section of the ARSC Journal for many years.

At the 2015 meeting of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives in Paris, the IASA Discography Committee first discussed the idea of bringing institutions and collectors together in a collaborative project. The newly re-formed Discography Committee - Filip Sir (president), Alessandro Argentini (vice-president), and Peter Laurence (secretary) – settled on the goal of creating an online International Bibliography of Discographies.


About Our Project:

Collaboration is key in building the Bibliography, and in order to be successful, we seek to create a network of partners who share our goals for such a resource. These will include representatives from peer associations, memory institutions, and individual collectors and discographers. Realizing that institutions and private collectors are both passionate about their collections, but don’t always share the same goals, we see connecting these two groups as the essential first step in an ambitious project of this scale. We have already reached out for cooperation from a number of individuals and organizations around the world, and “connect, collect and collaborate” has become the guiding principle of the committee and our project. We absolutely need the expertise of others who have studied and worked closely with the recorded output of specific labels, genres, artists, regions or countries.

Our plan is to publish the Bibliography on the IASA website and make it freely available to everyone. Once complete, it will include information about all current and out-of-print discographies published worldwide in print and electronic formats, including unpublished work in progress. We also plan to create a stored archive of full digital (pdf) versions of discographies, including those which have thus far only been available in print. These pdf versions will be linked to their corresponding entries in the Bibliography.

We begin with a bibliography in order to accomplish the first truly international survey of discographic work done to date. But we also envision this work as the first phase of a projected, long-range plan to create a collaborative international online discography of sound recordings.


Project Links:

  1. If you would like to add a submission to the Bibliography, please use the link below:
  2.  If you would like to contribute a PDF version of your article- or book-length discography to the Bibliography and have it added to our collection on the Internet Archive, please use the following link (up to 2 GB):

    Access our Internet Archive Digital Discography Collection below:

    *Entries in the Bibliography will include links to full digital versions in this collection, when available.

  3. (NEW, Sept. 2017) As part of the project, we are also compiling a list of historical print periodicals that are known to have contained discography articles. To access this list, use the link below:

    If you know of a discography periodical from your own country that is not listed here, please feel free to add it with as much detail as you can. Or you can send the title to Peter Laurence at

    Also, you can use this list to help us track down discography articles in various publications. If you like, you can add them to the Bibliography yourself (see step #2 above), or email us with the details.


Thank you for helping us build the International Bibliography of Discographies!



Filip Sir
National Museum
Karmelitská 2/4
118 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic
Phone: +420 605 47 34 83

Peter Laurence
Loeb Music Library, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA02138, USA