Collecting the
History of Disco

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The History of Disco collection consists of photographs, printed matter, and audio recordings. The materials relate to notable events in 1960s and 1970s America that contextualize disco music and culture. The History of Disco collection seeks to tell the history of the genre of disco and its surrounding culture. The primary timeline follows Nixon’s election through Disco Demolition Night (with some post-demolition ephemera because disco never died completely). I sought to tell the story through related materials to describe the context of 1970s America.

Metadata Profile

LabelDC ElementControlled Vocabularies/StructureDescription
Titledc:titleTitle of material from Source

In some cases, such as the song titles, I used their published name
Descriptiondc:descriptionBrief description of material and/or related event
Creatordc:creatorLC: Name Authority File

Persons : Persons from Wikidata
Creator of material
Date Createddc:createdYYYY-MM-DDDate material was created
Contributordc:contributorLC: Name Authority File

Persons : Persons from Wikidata
Other known personnel involved in the creation of material
Publisherdc:publisherLC: Name Authority FilePublisher of material
Typedc:typeLC: Genre/Form Terms   

LC: Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music

LC: Thesaurus for Graphic Materials
Photographs:  medium if information is available

Posters: genre/use of poster

News Media: type of news media (magazine, newsletter, etc.)

Songs: genre of the song
Formatdc:formatLC: Genre/Form Terms   

LC: Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music

LC: Thesaurus for Graphic Materials

Posters: Posters

News media: Periodicals

Images: Photographs

Songs: Music

Album: Music Album

Album cover: Album covers

Stamp: postage stamps
Extentdc:extentDuration: hh:mm:ss

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Page count: ## page(s)
Size or duration of material
Languagedc:languageLanguage of material
Subjectdc:subjectWhat the material is of or about.
Identifierdc:identifiershd_YYYY_##Uniform naming system for collection

Source from which the material was obtained. Use URI if available.
Rightsdc:rightsRights StatementRights Statement
Is Part Ofdc:isPartOfFor linked resources that are part of another resource

Example Item

ClassPhysical Object
TitleDisco Duck Symphony
DescriptionFrom the Afrika Bambaataa Vinyl Collection

Disco Duck is a satirical disco novelty song performed by Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots. "Disco Duck" made an appearance in the film Saturday Night Fever, in a dance club scene in which a group of senior citizens were learning to dance disco-style.
CreatorPaul Vincent
Date Created1976
CreatorAfrika Bambaataa
PublisherNew York, N.Y. : Beam Junction
FormatAlbum covers
SubjectDisco music

Satirical songs
SourceAfrika Bambaataa hip hop archive, #8094. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
RightsIn Copyright
Rights HolderCornell University Library