Name and location of repository
Level of description
Will Friedwald Sound Recording Collection
- 1935 - 2010 (Publication)
90 linear feet; 59 boxes
Name of creator
Will Friedwald is an American author as well as jazz and cabaret critic. He has authored nine books and nearly five hundred liner notes for compact discs, for which he has received eight Grammy nominations. He has written for newspapers and magazines include Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Sun, The Village Voice, Vanity Fair, BBC Music Magazine, and Oxford American, among other publications.
Content and structure elements
Scope and content
The collection consists of 3,500+ LP recordings, 78 rpm recordings, video discs and radio transcription discs. The LP collection includes Broadway cast recordings, jazz, blue, swing, Western swing, and novelty albums.
System of arrangement
The collection has been fully cataloged and is searchable in our online catalog LibraryWorld.
Conditions of access and use elements
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.
Some of the audiovisual materials in the collection are on obsolete media. Access copies of these materials must be created prior to use. Consult the Library and Archives staff in advance of your visit to ensure access to these materials is available.
Conditions governing reproduction
The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the Great American Songbook Foundation. Music written prior to 1923 is in the public domain. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library & Archives.
Languages of the material
Scripts of the material
Language and script notes
The attached finding aid represents the original order of the collection as received. As the published items are cataloged, they are filed as part of the Foundation’s library collections and will no longer be found in the box numbers listed in the inventory.
Uploaded finding aid
Acquisition and appraisal elements
Immediate source of acquisition
Received from Will Friedwald in New York City on July 21, 2010.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
Related materials elements
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related archival materials
- Processing information: Cataloging complete.
- Citation: Will Friedwald Collection, The Great American Songbook Foundation.
Description control element
Rules or conventions
AtoM description created by Ashlee James, November 2017.