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  1. Omar

    Good morning Dear,

    Actually, I am looking for one of your 78 rpm record which is ” Sūrat Yūsuf (qur’ān) / Al-sit Wadūdah al-Minyalāwī (Victor 73429-A), HOLLIS # 015110434″. is it for sale.


  2. Bill Brent


    I’m trying to find baidaphon arabic record catalogs from the first half of the 20th century, particularly the acoustic era. Naturally I’d love to find originals, but for my research – copies are perfectly fine. (physical or digital).
    do you know of a source for these?


  3. Masad S Al Mihmadi

    Hello,I am interesting in old 78 rpm Arabic records ,So please I want buy any catalogue or supplements about Arabic records and please how I can find it , how much and how to pay , catalogue about Arab record companies, such as Baidaphon or HMV . Columbia . Odeon .Especily I prefer The Arabian Peninsula .Such Iraq.Kuwait .Saudi Arabia.Yemen.Etc…Thanks with my best regards.Masad .Jeddah.Saudi Arabia

  4. Peter Laurence

    Dear Omar,

    Thank you for writing about the Wadūdah al-Minyalāwī disc (Victor 73429-A), but it is not for sale.


  5. Peter Laurence

    Dear Bill,

    We don’t have any Baidaphon catalogs, but I’ve written to several colleagues. If I can locate one from the acoustic era, I will let you know.


  6. Peter Laurence

    Dear Bill,

    The consensus is that no copies of acoustic era Baidaphon catalogs are known to have survived.


  7. Peter Laurence

    Dear Masad,

    Early Arabic catalogs are scarce, but below is a scan of the Arabic section in a German Gramophone Company catalog (April 1905):

    We also have an early Odeon Arabic catalog (c. 1923) in our collection, but it is not for sale and must be consulted here in the library.

    Others would likely be in institutional collections or in the hands of private collectors.


  8. Hugo Strötbaum

    Hello (Peter Laurence),
    For some reason or other the links in the Arabic 78rpm Records Collection do not work.
    Could you please check?

    Hugo Strötbaum (The Netherlands)

    • Peter Laurence

      Dear Hugo,

      I believe the links should be working now. Thank you for letting us know!


  9. Craig

    Are the Lebanese CDs of reissues of early Arab singers on 78s of interest to your institution. The late Mr Hachlef published a large format illustrated catalog of archival Middle Eastern recordings which might help with some of these enquiries. I did a CD for him in c.1992 of early recordings (from 78s) of a Bahraini singer. It was a big list he offered and in pretty decent sound generally. What about the collection of very early cylinders found in a wall in Jeddah? Did they ever get republished? Cheers
    Craig Wallace, New Zealand

  10. Maven Mastering

    Hi there, is your library open to public or only for Harvard students and staff?

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