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COLLECTION Identifier:  RECCO Spec Coll 101

Classic Crates Collection

Content Description

Classic Crates is a collection of classic vinyl records and related documentation that is built around the idea of HipHop "standards." Selection of titles for the collection is based on the assessment of some of Hiphop’s major producers and deejays (DJs), under the leadership of Hiphop Archive Fellow (2013) and producer 9th Wonder. Classic Crates refers to the range of recordings and musical genres that can be called the Hiphop Standards Book, in that they represent the definitive repertoires in the variations of Hiphop lyricism, music and production widely known and referenced by Hiphop musicians. The collection will eventually number 200 LP titles, and each title will include extensive documentation and a collection of approximately 5 LPs that were sampled in the making of that record.


  • Publication: 1959 - 2015

Condition Description

Each Classic Crates title is represented by: a) 1 archival box including an LP version of that title, and approximately 5 LPs containing the original "sampled" recordings; b) 1 box of documentation including album artwork, a “classic liner notes” section contributed by a writer in the field of Hiphop studies, a track list, lyrics, credits, a complete sample list, and a selected list of samples with their album credits.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.


1.625 linear feet


Classic Crates titles are organized by accession date.

Processing Information

Processed by: Peter Laurence

Finding aid encoded by: Peter Laurence

Classic Crates Collection, 1959-2015: Guide
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library
March 29, 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library Repository

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library is the primary repository of musical materials at Harvard. The Music Library’s collecting mission is to serve music teaching and research programs in the Music Department and throughout the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In addition, it supports the musical needs of the broader Harvard community as well as an international scholarly constituency. We collect books, musical scores, serial titles, sound recordings and video formats, microforms, and rare and archival materials that support research in a wide variety of musical disciplines including historical musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, composition, and historically informed performance practice, as well as interdisciplinary areas related to music. The special collections include archival collections from the 19th, 20th and 21st century.

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