November 1, 2012
The Archives of Traditional Music is pleased to announce that its cataloging staff have completed the MARC record cataloging of a large Latin American shellac disc collection that was purchased by the ATM in the 1970s by Frank Gillis. The collection of 78rpm discs contains a wide variety of popular music from countries in Latin American from the 1920s through the 1970s, and includes genres such as boleros, tangos, cumbias, son, plenas, guarachas, merengues, rock, waltzes, foxtrots, beguines, cha-chas, mambos, calypsos, joropos, and many others. The recordings were made throughout Latin American as well as in New York and Miami. Suzanne Mudge, ATM librarian and Head of Technical Services, and Archives student library assistants completed the cataloging for the collection's 3390 discs in the spring of 2012. Each disc now has a MARC record in the IUCAT and Worldcat systems. Many of these discs had never been cataloged anywhere else in the world, and the cataloging effort by ATM staff included the creation of over 1500 new name authority records for composers and performers throughout Latin America. To browse the entire collection, perform a keyword search in IUCAT for "Latin American Collection of 78s."