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How Do I Search for Recordings?

Find Audio & Video Recordings

Search the Library Catalog View List of 78rpm Records (PDF)


What information does the Library Catalog provide about the recordings?

  • Titles of recordings (albums, records, CDs, DVDs, etc.)
  • Titles of songs
  • Names of musicians, bands, performers, composers, artists, recording studios, record labels, sound engineers, producers, publishers, festivals, concerts, other live performances, and more
  • Place names (city, state, country) of recording studios, publishers and producers, live performances, festivals, and other concerts or events
  • Record labels, catalog or issue numbers, and matrix numbers
  • Subjects and keywords for styles and genres of music, dance, and other topics
  • Subjects and keywords for musical instruments
  • Notes and credits for instrument and vocal performances
  • Language of vocals, lyrics, liner notes, etc.
  • Information about the artwork, cover art, etc.
  • Availability of liner notes and other accompanying materials
  • Other credits

Are all of the recordings in the CCMC listed in the Library Catalog?

No. The extensive cataloging of the Cajun and Creole Music Collection is a work in progress. Most of the CDs, LP record albums, DVDs and VHS tapes owned by the CCMC are listed in the Library Catalog.

For the complete inventory of 45s, 78s and other recordings in the collection, contact the CCMC Librarian.

View a list of 78rpm recordings (PDF).

How do I search for recordings and music in the Library Catalog...

by Author (Name)?
by Title?
by Subject?
by Keyword(s)?
by Library Collections or Shelving Locations?
by Material (Media) Type or Item?

Author (Names): Search for the name of a performer, band, musician, singer, composer, artist, record label/company, etc.

Author search examples:

  • Allan, Johnnie
  • Balfa Brothers
  • Graeff, Benny
  • Ida, Queen
  • Lanor Records

Title: Search for the title of a song, recording, CD, album, video, etc.

Title search examples:

  • J'ai été au bal
  • I went to the dance

Subject: Use subjects from the Library of Congress subject headings. View a list of examples of Library of Congress subject headings (PDF)(LC Authorities) used for CCMC recordings.

Subject search examples:

  • accordion
  • ballads
  • Cajun music
  • Creoles Louisiana music
  • fiddle tunes
  • swamp pop music
  • zydeco music

Keyword(s): Select or use the word or phrase option.

Keyword/phrase examples:

  • Buckwheat Zydeco [name]
  • Cajun dancing [topic]
  • Creole music [topic]
  • I went to the dance [song title]
  • J'ai été au bal [song title]
  • Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band [name]
  • Rounder Records [company or label name]
  • sound recording [format or media type]
  • triangle [instrument]

Location or Collection: Limit a search for recordings in a specific library location, collection, or shelving area:

  • Cajun & Creole Music Collection = CCMC
  • Cajun & Creole Music Collection-Archival Collection = CCMC-ARCH
  • Traditional Music Collection-General = TRAD-MUSIC

Material (Media) Type or Item: Limit a search for specific media types and formats: 45rpm, 78rpm, LP, CD, DVD, etc.:

After I get the search results and select specific entries/titles, how do I view all of the information available for these?

The Library Catalog has multiple views or display options. A Full Catalog Record option is available.

Where are Louisiana and traditional music recordings located in Dupré Library?

Locations and abbreviations listed in the Library Catalog:

  • Cajun & Creole Music Collection = CCMC — Floor 3 (in Gaines Center)
  • Cajun & Creole Music Collection-Archival = CCMC-ARCH — Floor 3 (in Gaines Center)
  • Traditional Music Collection-General = TRAD-MUSIC — Floor 3 (with CCMC in Gaines Center)
  • Louisiana Room = LA-ROOM — Floor 3
  • Video Collection [VHS only] = VIDEO — Floor 2
  • Circulation Desk [CDs, DVDs & audiocassettes only] = CIRC — Floor 1

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