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The Belfer Latin American 45s Digital Collection provides access to over 12,000 recordings held in the Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive. The bulk of these recordings date from the 1950s to the early-1960s, and include many rare and little-known issues on small independent record labels from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Mexico, the United States and elsewhere.

In the spring of 2017, the Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center began a major digitization project to preserve and make accessible this unique collection. Images of all record labels and covers in the collection, as well as basic metadata about each recording, are made publicly available online. New audio files will be added to the collection on an ongoing basis as recordings are digitized over the next several years.


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