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Sigma Sound Studio Records, 1960-2011

Collection ID

SCRC 212

Related Subject(s)

Collecting Area(s)

Description

Collection Summary

Title
Sigma Sound Studio Records

Dates
1960-2011, bulk 1970-2000   

Collection ID
SCRC 212

Creator(s)
Sigma Sound Studios (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Quantity
2.25 linear feet (6 boxes)       

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English and Japanese.
           

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note
Sigma Sound Studio was a recording studio established in Philadelphia by Joe Tarsia in 1968.  Its Philadelphia office was located at 212 N. 12th St., and that location's work included Philadelphia Sound artists, including Gamble and Huff's International Records. Tarsia opened a branch in New York City, which was active during the late 1970s to the mid-1980s. Tarsia sold the business in 2003.

Description of Collection
The Sigma Sound Studio Records includes photographs and slides depicting the two studios, including some snapshots with studio engineers and recording artists dating from the 1960s to the 1990s. The collection also contains advertising and promotional materials, newspaper and magazine clippings, and a small group of collected ephemera and publications. The clippings, ephemera, and publications all list or feature Sigma, Tarsia, and/or affiliates. Advertising and promotional materials for “AddZest” are primarily in Japanese.

Organization and Arrangement
The collection is arranged according to genre, with photographs and negatives being the first and largest group presented. Following, researchers will find advertising and promotional materials, a very small selection of miscellaneous studio records, and clippings. There are also publications and ephemera collected by Tarsia, often featuring Tarsia or Sigma Studios.


Patron Information

Catalog Record
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://temple-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?...

Research Access
Collection is open for research.

Publication and Copyright Information
The Sigma Sound Studio Records are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Sigma Sound Studio Records, SCRC 212, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Related Material
Sigma Sound Studios Collection, Drexel University Audio Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Donated by Joe Tarsia, 2011 and 2013.

Processing Information
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in December 2015 by Courtney Smerz, Collection Management Archivist.

          
         
Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Gamble, Kenny
Huff, Leon
Tarsia, Joseph, 1934-
Tarsia, Michael

Corporate Names:
Sigma Sound Studios (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Philadelphia International Records

Subjects:
Sound recording industry
Sound studios

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
New York (N.Y.)

Material Types:
Architectural drawings
Books
Clippings
Ephemera
Negatives
Periodicals
Photocopies
Photographs
Publications
Slides
Souvenir programs

Inventory

1          1          Photographs. Studio, including with studio staff and/or artists          1960s, 1970s
1          2          Photographs. Studio, New York and Philadelphia          1970s-1981, undated
1          3          Photographs. Studio, people, and events, including Joe Tarsia and Gamble and Huff          undated (1970s-1990s)
1          4          Photographs. Studio          undated (1980s-1990s)
1          5          Photographs. Studio, including with studio staff          1980s
1          6          Photographs. Studio, including with studio staff          undated (circa 1980s, 1990s)
1          7          Photographs. Studio, including with studio staff and/or artists          undated (circa 1980s-1990s)
1          8          Photographs. Studio, including with studio staff and/or artists          undated, 1990s
1          9          Photographs. Studio, including with studio staff and/or artists          undated, 1990s
1          10          Photographs. Studio, including with studio staff and/or artists          undated (circa 1990s)
1          11          Photographs. Studio, including with studio staff and/or artists          undated (circa 1990s)
1          12          Photographs. Studio, including with studio staff          undated
1          13          Photographs. Studio, including with studio staff          undated
1          14          Photographs. Studio, including with studio staff and/or artists (contact sheets only)          undated
2          1          Photographs. Studio and events          1990s, undated
2          2          Photographs. Joe Tarsia, including snapshots with other people          1960s-1990s
6          1          Photographs. Joe Tarsia; "MFSB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother) (photocopy)          undated
2          3          Photographs. Artists in the studio          undated (1970s-1980s)
2          4          Photographs. Artists in the studio          undated (1970s-1980s)
2          5          Photographs. Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff          1968, undated
2          6          Photographs. Events          undated (1980s-1990s)
2          7          Photographs. Artists headshots, some autographed          undated
2          8          Photograph. Frank Rizzo posing with the Jackson Five in 1976 or 1977 (copy)          undated
2          9          Photographs. Chubby Checker receiving Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame Award          undated
2          10          Photographs. Unidentified musical act (not in studio)          circa 1980s
2          11          Negatives, including contact prints. Studio          1984, undated
2          12          Negatives, including contact prints. Studio, including with artists          1980s, undated
2          13          Negatives. Studio, including with studio staff          1980, 1993, undated
2          14          Negatives. Studio, including with studio staff and artists          1990s, undated
2          15          Negatives. Studio          undated
2          16          Negatives. Studio, including with studio staff          undated
2          17          Negatives. Studio, including with studio staff         
2          18          Negatives. Studio, including with people, and events          undated
2          19          Negatives and contact sheets. Events          2000?, undated
3          1          Negatives. Unidentified          1980s-2000s
3          2          Slides. Studio          1978-1981
3          3          Slides. Studio          1997, undated
3          4          Advertising and promotional materials          1999, undated
6          2          Advertising and promotional materials          1987
3          5          Advertising and promotional materials          1987, 1996, 1997, undated
3          6          Advertising and promotional materials. AddZest (English and Japanese)          undated (circa 1990s)
3          7          Advertising and promotional materials. AddZest, product catalogs (English and Japanese)          1990s
3          8          Advertising and promotional materials. AddZest, product catalogs (English and Japanese)          1990s
6          3          Advertising and promotional materials. AddZest, product catalogs (English and Japanese)          1990s
6          4          Advertising and promotional materials. AddZest, product catalogs (English and Japanese)          1990s
4          1          Architectural plans          1994, undated
6          5          Awards          1971, 1989, undated
4          2          Correspondence          1991-2002
4          3          Ephemera, invitations and greeting cards sent by Sigma          1979, 1980, undated
4          4          Lists of Hit Records          1994, 1996, undated
4          5          "Playback," newsletter          1998
4          6          Publicity report          1990-1993
6          6          "Recording Hits Since '68," ten year anniversary publication          1978
4          7          "Sigma Sound: Past and Present"          after 1995
4          8          Studio histories and recollections          2002, undated
6          7          Clippings, articles by Joe or Michael Tarsia          1980, 1990-1999
6          8          Clippings          1973, 1988-1996, undated
4          9          Clippings (includes some photocopies)          1977-1999, undated
4          10          Clippings (includes some photocopies)          1977-2010, undated
4          11          Clippings (includes some photocopies)          1981-2003, undated
4          12          Clippings (includes some photocopies)          1992-2011, undated
4          13          Clippings, including one clipping about Joseph and Rose Tarsia, Joe Tarsia's parents          1970-2003, undated
4          14          Publications and ephemera. Black Music Association. "Philadelphia Music Makers, A Celebration of Commerce and Culture…"          1985
4          15          Publications and ephemera. Black Music Association. "A Tribute to the Greatest Love, The Linda Creed Memorial Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert" and other records          1987-1988
4          16          Publications and ephemera. Euphony: Harrison's Journal of Good Sound          1981
5          1          Publications and ephemera. The Grammy Awards program          1995, 1997
5          2          Publications and ephemera. The Grammy Awards program          1999
5          3          Publications and ephemera. Mix          1997, 1999, 2007
5          4          Publications and ephemera. Supplement to Mix          1994
5          5          Publications and ephemera. Philadelphia City of Music, by James Rosin (inscribed to Tarsia)          2006
5          6          Publications and ephemera. Philadelphia Music Alliance          1995, 1996
5          7          Publications and ephemera. Philadelphia Music Foundation          1987, 1989, undated
6          9          Publications and ephemera. ProSound News          2003
5          8          Publications and ephemera. Tape-Op: The Creative Music Recording Magazine          2008
5          9          Publications and ephemera. Temples of Sound: Inside the Great Recording Studios, by Jim Cogan and William Clark          2003
5          10          Miscellaneous ephemera, publications, and other records          undated