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About this collection

This collection houses a sampling of audio files as well as transcripts from Frank de Bellis’s radio program called Music of the Italian Masters.

Frank V. de Bellis (November 20, 1898 – February 13, 1968) promoted cultural exchanges between Italy and California. He donated his personal library of rare books, manuscripts, and audio recordings to California State University to be housed at San Francisco State University. de Bellis’s Audio Collection contains recordings from companies including Berliner, Cetra, Columbia, Edison, Fonotipia, “La Voce del Padrone,” Odéon, Pathé and Zonophone dating back to the 1890s: it is a unique cultural resource that chronicles the history of Italy’s early recording industry. We hope to add samplings from these companies to this site in the future.