The Historical Collections (1889-1955) of St. Petersburg Phonogram Archives.
The Historical Collections (1889-1955) of the Phonogram Archives of the Institute of Russian Literature is a corpus of over 35,000 historical recordings (over 500 hours of recorded sound material) in the field of ethnomusicology, ethnolinguistics, and philology. A high proportion of items relate to the earliest period of recording with a phonograph in the field, pre-1910. These Collections represent the recorded legacy of orally transmitted cultures of the former Tsarist Russian Empire and the later Soviet Union. These holdings reflect a considerable portion of the globality of orally transmitted cultural heritage.