Record Company Catalogs and Publications of International and Regional Music

The Arhoolie Foundation Archive contains 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

Cancionero El Fronterizo

Song lyric magazine produced by Discos Falcon. Featuring song lyrics, photos of musicians, record lists and advertisements.

Fronterizo Año 1 Núm. 1 Chelo Silva
Núm. 14 Año II - 1956.
Los Alegres de Terán
Núm. 56 Año-5 - 1959
Fronterizo-Año 3 Núm.-36
Los Donneños

Cancionero Ideal

Song lyric magazine produced by Discos Ideal. Features song lyrics and photos of musicians.

Año 1 Núm 1
Carmen y Laura
Año-1, Núm-8. Featuring Pedro Infante on the cover and an article about his death. C 1957
Año 2 Núm 16
Emma Aurora

Dr. Harry Oster’s Folk-Lyric Records.

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

Radio Cancionero Mexicano

28 pages Dated: 1941

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