The third contribution Genuine Jedlička Record: the first ethnic recordings for Czechs in the United States by Katie Buehner and Filip Šír deals with a unique set of over five hundred two-minute brown wax cylinder recordings of Czech songs and stories produced by the Czech-American jeweller Ed Jedlička, who lived and worked in New York. He was the first person who produced cylinder recordings of the specific ethnic population and, fortunately, some of the recordings from this set have survived to the present day.
In 2019, the University of Iowa received a donation of cylinders that included sixteen brown wax cylinders, thirteen of which bear the Jedlička label. Several of the cylinders in this collection pre-date the patent filing or are the only copy of a particular title, making them exceedingly rare. The cylinders were digitized at the Indiana University Media Preservation and Digitization Initiative in October 2019 and, with the help of Filip Sir of the National Museum in Prague, are in the process of being described (titles, performers, etc.). The contribution will be focused mainly on the unusual types of early recordings that document Czech culture in the United States, through the samples of the songs, performers, and producers of the content. Also discussed will be ways in which partnerships with local and international organizations are being utilized to better understand and best preserve these recordings.
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