Record Company Catalogs and Publications of International and Regional Music

The Chris Strachwitz Collection

As an avid record collector, Chris Strachwitz also collected many vintage record company catalogs and publications of regional and ethnic music. Albanian, Scandinavia, Old Familiar Tunes, Mexican, Jewish, Greek, Turkish, and more. Not only do these catalogs list recordings, but some have information and photos of musicians and lyrics to songs. Below is a selection from these relics of a bygone era.

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updated with additional catalogs 5-18-2020

Columbia Records Scandinavian – Swedish – Danish – Norwegian – Icelandic Catalog.

32 page catalog with photos and information about the musicians. Dated: October 1918.

Orthophonic Records Greek, Turkish and Albanian Records.

With photos of the musicans and song lyrics. 50 pages. Dated: February 1939

Victor Records in Hebrew and Yiddish

Monthly catalogs with photos and descriptions of musicians, and song lyrics.

Victor Records in Hebrew and Yiddish 1923
Victor Records in Hebrew and Yiddish 1924
Victor Records in Hebrew and Yiddish 1925
Victor Records in Hebrew and Yiddish 1926


Song lyric magazine produced by various companies. Featuring song lyrics, photos of musicians, record lists and advertisements. Open and read over 30 cancioneros on our Cancioneros page.

Dr. Harry Oster’s Folk-Lyric Records.

In 1959 folklorist Dr. Oster started  Folk-Lyric Records which released 26 LPs.

Victor Blues and Hot Dance Tunes

Columbia Records – Old Familiar Tunes

Old Time Music from the United states with information and photos of the musicians. 36 Pages. Dated August 1939 (but this is probably a more recent reprint)

RCA Victor Greek Turkish and Albanian Records

“These fine records bring right into your own home the authentic music of these lands, recorded by native artists and in traditional style.” – from the introduction. 34 pages

Discos Iberia

32 pages. Date: Early 1950s

Discos Columbia

Discos Columbia
Columbia Foreign Records - 1931
Columbia Brasil - 1931

RCA Victor Bluebird

June 1940
April 1941. Happy Fats and the Rayne-Bo Ramblers and the Drum Quartett features on cover.

RCA Victor

RCA Victor Polish Records
RCA Victor Hebrew and Jewish Records
RCA Victor Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and Scandinavian Records




Discos Mexicanos Vocalion
Catalog supplement. Hermanas Padilla featured on cover. 1940

Statement on the passing of Chris Strachwitz

Arhoolie Records Founder
July 1, 1931 – May 5, 2023

We celebrate the life of our founder, friend, and great record man Chris Strachwitz. He died peacefully at home in Marin County, CA, surrounded in his last days by dear friends and family. Over his 91 years, Chris captured the music that represents the best “down home music” the world has to offer.

He was at the forefront of nearly all the roots revivals over the last 60 years including blues, zydeco, Cajun, Norteño and Tejano music. His drive to document traditional music helped introduce the nation to our diverse musical heritage. He had the foresight to save music that might have otherwise been lost to obscurity and played a role in strengthening cultural traditions through his records, films, and most recently the Arhoolie Foundation. He cared for those around him, fought for royalties and recognition for Arhoolie artists, and provided counsel to countless musicians, writers, film makers, and academics.

Plans for a public celebration of his life will be announced in the coming weeks. Today we’re thinking of all that Chris brought to our lives and the lives of the musicians and fans with whom he shared his passion.