Record catalogues prior to 1959 existing in Spanish institutions available in a new database

We would like to share the good news that the index of record catalogues published before 1959 and located in several Spanish institutions is available on the website of AEDOM – the Spanish branch of IAML: Matriz (

The Project so-called “Matriz” arose from one of the first meetings of the AEDOM’s Commission of Sound Archives, due to the common need of having tools to make easier oldest recordings’ information.

In a first phase, only catalogues of the first records were collected, those commonly known as shellacs. Later, phonographic cylinders’, piano rolls’ and even microgroove records’ catalogues kept in different centres until 1959 have been incorporated.

This simple database aims to facilitate the location and the search of these documents. It contains catalogues of the most important companies, among them, Columbia, Regal, Odeon or His Master’s Voice’s labels can be emphasized.

There are 30 institutions to which we have to thank their contribution to this catalogue:

  1. National Library of Catalonia (Biblioteca de Catalunya)
  2. National Library of Spain (Biblioteca Nacional de España)
  3. Eresbil- Basque Music Archives (Eresbil-Musikaren Euskal Artxiboa)
  4. Castilla y León Library (Biblioteca de Castilla y León)
  5. Museum of Science and Industry of Catalonia (Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya)
  6. Musical Documentation Center of Andalusia (Centro de Documentación Musical de Andalucía)
  7. National Heritage – Royal Library (Patrimonio Nacional – Real Biblioteca)
  8. Library of the Communication Department from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB-Biblioteca Facultad Comunicación)
  9. Museum of the Asturian People (Museu del Pueblu d’Asturies)
  10. Student Residence (Residencia de Estudiantes)
  11. La Laguna University Library (Biblioteca de la Universidad de La Laguna)
  12. Koldo Mitxelena Library (Koldo Mitxelena Liburutegia)
  13. “Miguel Santiago” Public Library (Biblioteca Pública “Miguel Santiago”, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  14. Joaquín Díaz Foundation (Fundación Joaquín Díaz)
  15. Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando (Real Academia Bellas Artes San Fernando)
  16. Alcalá de Henares University Library (Biblioteca de la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares)
  17. Lleida University Library (Biblioteca de la Universidad de Lleida)
  18. San Sebastián City Library (Biblioteca Municipal de Donostia)
  19. Irún City Library (Biblioteca Municipal de Irún)
  20. Córdoba Public Library (Biblioteca Pública de Córdoba)
  21. Asturias Regional Library (Biblioteca Regional de Asturias)
  22. Murcia Regional Library (Biblioteca Regional de Murcia)
  23. Catalonia College of Music (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya)
  24. Cerralbo Museum (Museo Cerralbo)
  25. Costume Museum (Museo del Traje)
  26. National Museum of Science and Technology (Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Madrid)
  27. Complutense University of Madrid – Central Library (UCM- Biblioteca Central)
  28. Zaragoza University (Universidad de Zaragoza)
  29. Valladolid University (Universidad de Valladolid)
  30. Music Museum of Barcelona (Museu de la Música de Barcelona).

The Matriz project has been subsidized by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, in collaboration with Eresbil–Basque Archives of Music.

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