Holdings of Sound and Video Documents

The Phonogrammarchiv collects audio-recordings from all fields of research with a special focus on Austrian scientists and institutions.
At present the archive's holdings comprise ca. 75,000 items, representing a total playing time of ca. 14,000 hours (including ca. 1,700 hours of video recordings).

The audio-visual research documents preserved in the Phonogrammarchiv can be assigned chiefly to the humanities, especially to ethnolinguistics and dialectology, ethnomusicology as well as cultural and social anthropology. Core areas of the collection include the music, languages and oral traditions of Africa, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and European Roma and Sinti; Austrian folk music and various Austrian dialects; and mechanical musical instruments. A smaller part of the holdings comprises medical and soundscape recordings.

Access to the Collection:

The archive's collection can be accessed for research purposes and in accordance with the legal agreements made with the particular deponents. Information sources:

  • published catalogues of recordings [recordings Ph 1-2000, B 1-13000]
  • online catalogue for browsing
  • database (located at the archive)
  • handwritten/typed documentation of all recordings: recording data, description of contents, etc.

Audio Clips


The reference library comprises ca. 4000 books, journals and offprints, retrievable via an electronic catalogue. Additionally, all articles from anthologies are referenced. The library can be accessed during the opening hours of the Phonogrammarchiv.

In 2007, the Phonogrammarchiv was given special credit for its activities by being awarded UNESCO’s Jikji Prize, the highest international distinction “to reward efforts contributing to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage as a common heritage of humanity”.