The U.S. Library of Congress (the de facto national library of the United States) has begun receiving an archival collection of approximately 200,000 metal, glass, and lacquer master disks from the Universal Music Group.  Universal is currently part of the French corporation Vivendi.  These recordings will be cataloged and some will be available for online listening. Universal still holds the copyright to these recordings, so this isn’t a mass transfer to the public domain.  New York Times story on the donationHollywood Reporter story.

Universal doesn’t put out much Cajun, Louisiana Creole or zydeco music.  Buckwheat Zydeco has recorded for its Island subsidiary.  However, the Decca label did release some Cajun recordings on 78s, like Decca 17050. Cleoma Falcon. Je suis laissee seule. n.d. and Decca 28676. Doc Guidry. Little fat man. n.d.   However, the process may take as long as five years to complete.  Look for it on the Library’s Performing Arts Encyclopedia.

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