Computer tapes containing data from the Rigler and Deutsch Index of Recorded Sound (RDI), a union catalog of 78-rpm disc holdings
from several major research libraries, including the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound.
Lloyd E. Rigler and Lawrence E. Deutsch were philanthropists and partners in a successful business. Deutsch was also a record
collector, and when he passed away in 1977, he left his estate to their Foundation. Meanwhile, in 1974 planning for a union
catalog was initiated by the Associated Audio Archives of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC), and work
began on the project in 1981. Rigler underwrote the effort, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Humanities,
the Hewlett Foundation, and the Ledler Foundation. By 1984 a set of microfilm and indexes were distributed. Free access to
the index was possible at the five participating libraries. Several years ago, there was discussion of reviving the RDI and
combining it with the American Vintage Record Labelography (AVRL) project. Unfortunately no further developments have been
: 31 computer tapes
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