Originally Posted by Jeff Westover
I'm not thinking so much of the podcast or radio at the moment for this stuff (though we should showcase it when topic-appropriate). I'm thinking we should set up an archive here that people can download from.
That's kind of what we do...
That would be a super resource!! There are files scattered all over the Internet (the links I posted are only a sampling---there are more recordings out there), and the amount and accuracy of information that's attached to them (dates, performers, and so forth) are pretty scattershot, too. Wish I had the expertise to sort out the accurate information from the inaccurate, but I'm no expert ... I just dig the old stuff. Some of the recordings are recitations or spoken instead of music---those are cool, too. I've never had the time to save and catalog what I've come across. I should get better at bookmarking these things. There are also some sites where you can listen to these things, but not download them (e.g., the Library of Congress's online collections).
The early history of recording as it relates to Christmas would be a fascinating study for someone who has the time and passion to delve into it. I know just enough about it to wish I knew more.