Record Sale at The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound


All the details, from the website of the New York Public Library, with critical commentary from me:

The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound has 22,000 LPs with your name on them.

Why, thank you!

The records represent decades of unsolicited donations, for which we already have at least one copy in great condition. Now we need the space to bring in more unique materials for you to enjoy and study.

You need the space, I need the records!

Whether you are a hardcore collector of foreign classical releases, lover of 70s country music, Funk aficionado, or devotee of Ronald Reagan's spoken work . . .

Sounds like me!

. . . stop in anytime between August 8th and August 10th to get your paws on your sonic favorites known and yet to be discovered. All genres and styles represented.


We've priced the records to sell with all proceeds going to support the ongoing expansion of our collections.

How nice!

There is a great chance that someone will find more than one diamond in the not-so-rough. Many of the recordings have never been played, bear promotional stamps, and remain sealed in shrink wrap.


No—we don't have an inventory, but the recordings will be arranged loosely by label and issue number to make it easier for those who know precisely their prey.

Fine by me!

We encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr where we will post as many images of the records as we can between now and then. If you see something you want, hit us up and we will see if we can set it aside for you. No promises, though.


Here are the details:

When: August 8th, 12–7:45pm, and August 9th and 10th, 12–5:45pm.

Where: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery, First Floor.

We will do our best to provide bags. If you think you will need a box—you know who you are—we will have some on hand while they last.


Cash is preferred. Credit cards accepted only for purchases of $100 or more.

Hmm . . . I have mixed feelings about that!

Special guests throughout.

Special guests, too?!

volvic's picture

Was hoping Stereophile wouldn't get wind of this so I could go and grab as many as I could, even asked for Thursday off so I could be first in line, but emergencies at work prompted me to cancel......rats! 

volvic's picture

and it was pretty awful.  Left after 5 mins.