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Belfer Record Sleeve Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 10 Aug 2012

Biographical History

This is an artificial reference/research collection created by Belfer Audio Archive.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Belfer Record Sleeve Collection consists of record sleeves from several dozen record companies, labels, stores and dealers, the majority located in the United States and a few in other countries. Most are 10" square in size, with a few smaller at 7" square and a few larger at 12" square. Many of the sleeves are decorative and/or include advertising for phonograph-related items such as players and needles.

Arrangement of the Collection

The sleeves are subdivided into those printed with company or label names, and those printed with retail store or dealer names. Company/label sleeves are arranged alphabetically by name, based on the information appearing on the sleeve. Company names beginning with "Discos" are filed under the next word, so for example "Discos Iberia" will be found under "I". Store/dealer sleeves are arranged alphabetically by country, based on the information appearing on the sleeve.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Columbia Recording Corporation.
Decca Records (Firm)
Edison Bell Phonograph Corporation.
Electrola GmbH.
Odeon (Record company)
Pathé Frères Phonograph Company.
RCA-Victor Company, inc.
Victor Talking Machine Company.


Sound recording industry.

Genres and Forms

Picture sleeves.
Record covers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Belfer Record Sleeve Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Accumulated by Belfer Audio Archive, Syracuse University.

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