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Historical Recordings Streaming Service to libraries

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This page provides information of the Historical Recordings Streaming Service to libraries.

about Historical Recordings Collection

To prevent loss of the sound recordings due to scatter and deterioration of 78 rpm records which are historical and cultural resources as recordings made in the early years, the Historical Records Archive Promotion Conference (HiRAC) was established in 2007. HiRAC had digitized approximately 50,000 recordings of music and speeches etc. from 78 rpms and metal discs produced from around 1900 to 1950 in Japan.

The affiliated bodies of HiRAC (at the time of the foundation):

  • Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK: Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC)
  • Japan Council of Performers Rights & Performing Arts Organizations (GEIDANKYO)
  • Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation
  • Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO)
  • Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ)

In May 2011, the National Diet Library launched the release of the Historical Recordings Collection to make these valuable recordings available to the public. Approximately 50,000 recordings digitized by HiRAC had been released up to September 2013.

HiRAC press release (on the website of RIAJ)

National Diet Library Monthly Bulletin No.606 (September, 2011)

Handing down the history of music (P.4-) [PDF]

  • P.4- Digitizing 78 rpm records: for use and preservation / So Fujimoto (Director, Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation)
  • P.7- Providing historical recordings / Digital Library Division, Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library

All recordings are available at the Rekion partner libraries

Some of the historical recordings, whose right of public transmission has been cleared are available on the Internet. However, most of the historical recordings except those described above are available only at the National Diet Library (NDL, Japan) and the Rekion partner libraries. The Rekion partner libraries enable us to provide all historical recordings to library users by streaming (Downloading is not allowed), and this service is free.

About recordings in Rekion and Lists

The Historical Recordings in Rekion have a variety of genres, such as Rakugo, Nagauta, Musical composition (Guitar, Koto, Shakuhachi), Opera, Joruri (Gidayu-bushi, Kiyomoto-bushi, Tokiwazu-bushi), Naniwa-bushi (also called Rokyoku), popular music, speeches, jazz ,etc.

A recording titles can be viewed in the lists below. In the lists, each recording has the data of the subject described by HiRAC and also the subject assigned by NDL using controlled terms.

List [CSV format] All recordings (as of December 21, 2017) | recordings available online (as of December 21, 2017)

List [XLSX format] All recordings (as of December 21, 2017) | recordings available online (as of December 21, 2017)

Current number of recordings can be checked in the search results.

All recordings  Recordings available online

Rekion libraries

  • Public libraries provided in for Article 2 ,Japanese Library Act
  • Research libraries and institutions approved by RIAJ (Recording Industry Association of Japan) and NDL

We will provide streaming service to the libraries which agree the regulation of participation (Japanese) and send application documents to us. Communications related this service will normally be conducted in Japanese.


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