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2009 acquisition

The collection consists of roughly 20,000 audio disc records, all in 78rpm format. The recordings span predominantly from 1917 to 1942, when the Musician’s strike took effect due to disagreements between musicians and recording companies over royalty payments. Starting July 31st 1942, union musicians could no longer record. This lasted roughly two years, with various recording companies settling with the union at varying points between 1943 and 1944. Healey deliberately collected records from before this important date in musical history. The records are largely Jazz recordings, representative of the first twenty-five years of Jazz music, with Blues, Ragtime, Dixieland, Dance Band music, entertainment personalities, Swing, and many other genres and sub-genres of the era represented within the collection. Healey started collecting 78s by the time he was ten years old, and by the time of his death in 2008, had amassed roughly 30,000 78s of this kind. Upon his death, many of the more valuable records were sold to collectors from around the world, and thus this collection contains about 20,000 from his original collection. The recordings from this collection were used by Jeff Healey for his first radio show on University of Toronto’s CUIT, and his show on CBC radio, My Kinda Jazz, which also aired on Toronto-based radio station, Jazz.FM91.

The majority of the records are from American record labels, though there are also a fair number from the Compo Company Ltd., based in Lachine, Quebec, and its various offshoots, and some other Canadian companies. There are also some records manufactured in England, France and even Germany, though all are by American recording artists, and often by American record labels with branches abroad.

Based on the period, the majority of the records are likely shellac, not vinyl, but exact materials likely vary by manufacturer. There are also a small number of “flexible” records made from Durium, a patented blend of paper and resin, manufactured during the depression era, as cheaper alternatives to the standard shellac records. The collection also includes a small number of Edison Discs, also referred to as “Diamond Discs”, which are recognized for their distinctive quarter-inch thickness. Most records are unique in the collection, but there are some duplicates.

Prior to his death, Healey began digitizing his collection of records to mp3 format, and inputting information via iTunes. These digital files have not yet been acquired.

APPENDIX A: A Non-exhaustive list of record Labels represented within the collection
 American Records (US)
 Ammor Record Corp (US)
 Apex Records (Canada)
 Arto
 Asch Recording (US)
 Banner records (US)
 Bell Records (US)
 Biltmore (US)
 Blue Ace Records (US)
 Blue Note (US)
 Bluebird (US)
 Broadway Records (US)
 Brunswick (US)
 Bullet (US)
 Cameo Record Corporation (US)
 Capitol (US)
 Cardinal (US)
 Challenge Records (US)
 Champion (US)
 Clarion (US)
 Claxtonola (US)
 Cleartone (US)
 Clover (US)
 Columbia Gramophone Company (UK)
 Columbia Records (US)
 Commodore (US)
 Conqueror (US)
 Coral (US)
 Cosmo (US)
 Crown (Canada)
 D&S
 Davis (US)
 Decatur
 Decca records (UK and US)
 Disque Gramphone (France)
 Diva Records (US)
 Dominion Records (UK)
 Domino records (US)
 Duophone (UK)
 Edison (US)
 Electric Perfect
 Emerson Phonograph Company (US)
 Famous (US)
 Federal (US)
 General (US)
 Gennett (US)
 Globe (US)
 Grey Gull (US)
 Guardsman Records (US)
 Harmony Records (US)
 His Masters Voice (UK)
 Hit of the Week (US)
 Hot Jazz Club of America (US)
 Imperial Records (UK)
 Jazz Man (US)
 Jewel Records (US)
 King (US)
 Liberty Music Shop (US)
 Lincoln Records (US) Lindstrom American Records (US)
 London (UK)
 Lucky (Japan)
 Lucky Strike (Canada)
 Lyric Records (US)
 Madison (US)
 Majestic (US)
 Master (US)
 May-fair (Owned by Campbell Connelly & Co. Ltd.)(UK)
 Medallion (US)
 Melotone(US)
 Mercury (US)
 MGM (US)
 Microphone (Canada)
 Montgomery Ward (US)
 Muse Phonograph Record (US)
 Musicraft (US)
 Nadsco (US)
 National Music Lover’s Inc. (US)
 Odeon(USA)
 Okeh records (US)
 Olympic (UK)
 Operaphone Co. Inc. (US)
 Oriole Records (US)
 Panachord (UK)
 Paramount (US)
 Parlophone (UK)
 Pathe Records (France)
 Pathe Actuelle (US)
 Perfect Records (US)
 Phantasie
 Philharmonic Records (UK)
 Phonola Company (Canada)
 Publix (US)
 Puritan records (US)
 Puretone (US)
 Qualiton (South Wales)
 Quality (Canada)
 Radiex Records (US)
 RCA Victor (US)
 Regal Records (UK)
 Resona (US)
 Rex (US)
 Rich-Tone (US)
 Romeo Records (US)
 Royal (Canada)
 Royale (US)
 Sacred (US)
 Signature (US)
 Silvertone (UK)
 Special Editions (US)
 Starr (and Starr-Gennett)(Canada)
 Sterling (Canada)
 Sun Record Company (Canada)
 Supertone (US)
 Swing (France)
 The Hit Record (US)
 Triangle records (US)
 Van Dyke (US)
 Variety (US)
 Varsity (US)
 Velvet Tone (US)
 Victor Recording Company (US)
 Victrola (US)
 Viking
 Vocalion Records (US and UK)
 Vocalion Records (US and UK)
 The Winner (US)
 World Record (US)

APPENDIX B: An non-exhaustive list of musicians well represented within the collection:
 Al Donahue
 Andrews Sisters
 Andy Kirk
 Art Gilham
 Art Kassel
 Art Tatum
 Artie Shaw
 Bailey’s Lucky Seven
 Ben Selvin
 Bennie Krueger
 Benny Goodman
 Bessie Smith
 Bing Crosby
 Bob Chester
 Bob Crosby
 Bunny Berigan
 Cab Calloway
 Charlie Barnet
 Check Webb
 Clarence Williams
 Coleman Hawkins
 Count Basie and his Kansas City Seven
 Count Basie and his Orchestra
 Dick Jurgens
 Dick Robertson
 Dixieland Swingers
 Duke Ellington
 Earl Hines
 Eddy Duchin
 Ella Fitzgerald
 Erskine Hawkins
 Fats Waller
 Fletcher Henderson
 Frankie Masters
 Freddy Martin
 Gene Krupa
 George Olsen
 Glen Gray
 Glenn Miller
 Gray Gordon
 Guy Lombardo
 Hal Kemp
 Harry James
 Harry James
 Henry Busse
 Henry King
 Horace Heidt
 Ipana Troubadours
 Jan Garber
 Jay McShann
 Jean Goldkette
 Jimmie Lunceford
 Jimmy Dorsey
 Joe Turner
 John Kirby
 Johnny Johnson
 Johnny Long
 Kay Kyser
 Larry Clinton
 Lena Horne
 Leo Reisman
 Lou Gold
 Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five
 Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra
 Marion Harris
 Mills Brothers
 Milt Herth
 Mitchell Ayres
 Nat Shilkret
 New Orleans Rhythm Kings
 Nick LaRocca
 Ozzie Nelson
 Paul Ash
 Paul Whiteman
 Philip Spitalny
 Ray Miller
 Ray Noble
 Red Nichols
 Red Norvo
 Richard Himber
 Roy Eldridge
 Rudy Vallee
 Russ Morgan
 Russ Morgan
 Ruth Etting
 Sammy Kaye
 Shep Fields
 Sidney Bechet
 Ted Weems
 Teddy Powell
 Tempo Kings
 Tommy Dorsey
 Tommy Tucker
 Vincent Lopez
 Wayne King
 Will Bradley
 Will Osborne
 Wingie Mahone
 Woody Herman
 Xavier Cugat
 Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra

Healey, Jeff