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Re: [ARSCLIST] Download a W.E.R.M.
I've been asked by Professor Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, late of CHARM, to point out that the WERM
data will be available, searchable by a free-text search, via the CHARM discography when it
goes online, which we hope will happen next month; at that point the .pdfs should no longer be
Sheffield University and British Library Concordat / CHARM Student
Dept. of Music, Sheffield University
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Abrams" <steve.abrams@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 2:16 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Download a W.E.R.M.
> The World's Encyclopaedia of Recorded Music (WERM), an heroic endeavour by
> F. F. Clough and G. J. Cuming published in 1951, "aimed at the inclusion of
> every record of permanent music issued since the advent of electrical
> recording up to April, 1950, throughout the world". Three Supplements
> covered the period up to the end of 1955.
> The whole of the W.E.R.M. has been scanned and put online by CHARM, the
> Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music, and is available for
> free download in PDF format from their site:
> Their PDF of the 1951 WERM is a huge, 357 MB, unsearchable image scan. Mr.
> Joseph Serraglio has converted it to a searchable format, downsampled it to
> reduce file size by 60%, and uploaded it to Rapidshare.
> (148 MB)
> This volume, pp. 912 including the first supplement, was posted to a private
> list, but Mr. Serraglio has given me permission to pass the link to
> The scans of the second and third supplements on Charm are similarly bloated
> and also unsearchable. However, Mr. Serraglio has drawn my attention to
> the fact that compact searchable PDF scans of these two volumes, 294 and 599
> pages respectively, are available from the Internet Archive, courtesy of
> http://www.archive.org/details/secondsupplement010477mbp (33 MB)
> http://www.archive.org/details/thirdsupplement1007508mbp (82 MB)
> If you keep all three files in a single folder you can search all of them at
> Finally, the Gramophone Shop Encyclopaedias of 1936 and 1942 are also
> available in PDF from the Internet Archive:
> (1936 edition - 68 MB)
> (1942 edition - 60 MB)
> Steve Abrams