Sam Brylawski is editor of the Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Records, an authoritative index to over 150,000 recording sessions being compiled by the University of California at Santa Barbara. He recently retired from the Library of Congress after working there more than 30 years. He was head of the Recorded Sound Section in its Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, overseeing a collection of nearly three million published and unpublished recordings. As head of the Recorded Sound Section Sam had responsibility for the acquisition, conservation and cataloging of the Library's vast audio collections.
Sam writes and lectures on recordings, American popular music, and audio preservation. He co-produced the six-disc set, The Library of Congress Presents Historic Presidential Speeches (1908-1993). At the Library of Congress he acted as executive director of the National Recording Preservation Board and managed its Congressionally-mandated study of the state of audio preservation. His work also included planning the National Audio Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Virginia, now under construction. He is the curator of the Library of Congress/Ira Gershwin Gallery at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment at the Library of Congress, where one can enjoy his exhibition on the history of vaudeville, "Bob Hope and American Variety."