Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry is a selection
of more than 400 items from the Emile Berliner Papers and 118 Berliner sound recordings
from the Library of Congress's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound
Division. Berliner (1851-1929). Although the focus of this online collection is on the
gramophone and its recordings, it includes much evidence of Berliner's other interests,
such as information on his businesses, his crusades for the pasteurization of
milk and other public-health issues, his philanthropy, his musical composition,
and even his poetry. Spanning the years 1870 to 1956, the collection comprises
correspondence, articles, lectures, speeches, scrapbooks, photographs, catalogs,
clippings, experiment notes, and rare sound recordings.
This project is sponsored by the Transatlantic Program of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through funds of the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.