Johnny Burke Recordings

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Johnny Burke Recordings


  • 1908 - 1964 (Creation)


27 linear feet; 34 boxes

Name of creator

(1908-10-03 - 1964-02-25)

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Scope and content

The collection contains 7", 10", and 12" lacquer discs, various reel-to-reel tapes, miscellaneous 78s and LPs, and some sheet music belonging to lyricist Johnny Burke. Many of the lacquers are test pressings of music for which he wrote the lyrics.

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The commercial recordings have been cataloged individually into our online access system Libraryworld. The lacquer recordings were digitized and are available on Indiana University's streaming platform Media Collections Online.

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Conditions governing access

All material is open to the public without restriction. Copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions.

Physical access

Some of the materials in this collection are fragile due to age and/or poor physical condition and may be inaccessible. Consult the Library and Archives staff in advance of your visit to ensure access to these materials is available.

Technical access

All 7", 10" and 12" lacquer discs in this collection have been transferred to digital files and are available through Media Collections Online at Indiana University-Bloomington. Please contact the Library and Archives staff for access to these materials.

Conditions governing reproduction

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the Great American Songbook Foundation. Music written prior to 1925 is in the public domain. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library & Archives.

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Received from Mary Burke Kramer, widow of Johnny Burke, on May 7, 2012.

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  • Citation: Johnny Burke Recordings, The Great American Songbook Foundation.
  • Conservation: All 7", 10" and 12" lacquer discs have been transferred to digital format.

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Archivist's note

AtoM description created by Ashlee James, December 2017.

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