North America Gramophone Records Collection

Custodial History

The collection belongs to the Social Documentation Collection, also called Center for Social Documentation (CSD). The Department of Social Documentation (CSD) was part of the University Library Amsterdam from 1973 to 1990; then transferred to IISH.


Transferred to IISH 1990


The collection was already on a list for the greater part. It has been checked whether the plates are present and information may have been added to the list. The plates in the collection have been renumbered and plates that were not on the list have been added to the list, some of which have been transcribed.


Gramophone records from North American countries Canada, Greenland and USA. Gramophone records consists of various music from North America. It contains different types of genres such as Zydeco, Inuit, Indian, Quebecan and pop music.

Highlights of the collection are Inuit, music from a group of culturally similar indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Canada, Greenland, Russia and Alaska, a record written by Fred Blassie, who was a American wrestler and Blondie, the band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-late 1970s.

Processing Information

List is edited by Priscilla Cats, 2018.