ABOUT THE RECORDINGS
unissued recordings were produced by the Edison Company
between the years of 1914-1929. The repertoire includes
Vaudeville Sketches, Popular Vocal Songs of the era, Opera/Classical,
Jazz, Dance Bands of the 1920's, speeches by popular orators
and political figures, and the voice of Mr. Edison himself!
Approximately 90% of these ten-inch records were made prior
to the introduction of electrical recording methods. Edison
records were nearly 1/4 inch thick, with the recording surface
being bonded to an inner wooden "core" which made
them more durable than the other phonograph records issued
at that time. These discs were also cut in a special way
utilizing a highly polished diamond stylus, so that only
an Edison Phonograph could successfully reproduce the recording
the way it was intended to sound. These records, now commonly
referred to as "Edison Diamond Discs" are prized
by collectors for their remarkable clarity and tone.
National Recorded Heritage is in danger of being lost:
Early recordings that have deteriorated or been misused
over time may be lost forever if they are not preserved
now. This is true even of the recorded output from the studios
of Thomas Edison; the most significant innovator in the
early phonograph industry. Luckily, our contemporary digital
revolution has made preservation and restoration possible
when public interest in re-evaluating our cultural industry
is at a fever pitch. By extraordinary fortune, the late
collector and archivist Merritt Malvern has left to us hundreds
of hours of selections from unreleased disc recordings at
the Edison National Historical Site.
mission of American Sound Archives and The Edison Historical
Recordings Restoration Project is to archive, preserve,
and restore early sound recordings from the Studios of the
Thomas Edison Company and others that have deteriorated
or been mis-used over time.
We will vigorously pursue this mission by:
1. Restoration of Historic Unissued Recordings and Test
2. Preservation of Such.
3. Issuing these recordings in High-Quality CD Format.
4. Gathering, Researching and Archiving Documents and information
pertaining to these recordings.
5. Repositing a copy of all our work with The Edison National
Historic Site - West Orange, New Jersey.
mission of our project is also the
extension of Mr. Malvern’s original vision:
To see these recordings saved and issued for all to
here to read more about the life of Merritt Malvern