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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

SMITH, HAROLD D., [18-]-[19-]
MUS 113


Harold D. Smith fonds.  - 1902-1966.  - 2.30 m of textual records.  - 896 photographs.  - 108 negatives.  - 11 lantern slides.  - 11 drawings. 

Biographical sketch
Harold D. Smith was a manager with the Victor Talking Machine Co. from 1915 to 1935, in Camden, New Jersey.  He first worked in the educational section, and then moved to the foreign languages section.  He helped to prepare the catalogues for these two sections. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the professional activities of Harold D. Smith and the Victor Talking Machine Co.  One will find recordings ledgers (artists, repertoires and sales); ledgers of daily sales reports; internal mail and business letters of the Victor Talking Machine Co.; The Thing Talked, unpublished text by H.D. Smith on the history of the phonograph, and other writings by H.D. Smith for the Victor Talking Machine Co.; files consisting of correspondence, contracts and clippings pertaining to celebrated artists such as Juliette Gaultier de la Vérendrye (Canadian folk singer), Maria Gay, Giovanni Zenatello, Lily Pons and Thurlow Lieurance; posters; promotional material; concert programmes; photographs of artists who recorded for the Victor Talking Machine Co. or company managers; mock-ups of posters. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired through agents of the Smith family, the Smolian Sound studios of Catskill, New York, in 1979. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description.



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