The Conole Archive is an extensive collection devoted primarily to the preservation of vocal performances recorded over the last ninety years. The archive contains over 50,000 disks and tapes, with emphasis on opera singers between 1900-1960. More than 3,000 singers are represented in 4,000 complete performances of over 400 operas. Although the collection stresses vocal music, there are also holdings of performances by major symphonic conductors and numerous recordings of the spoken word, with emphasis on the history and politics of our time.
Cataloging of the Conole recordings is in progress. The recordings do not circulate and copies of recordings are not made. Listening equipment is provided in the Special Collections Reading Room. Advance notice of at least 24 hours is required for patrons wishing to use listening equipment.
The Conole Archive is located in the Library Annex@Conklin and must be paged.