Research Library

What kind of research goes into the design, creation, and maintenance of a museum dedicated to the culture and history of sound? Now’s your chance to find out, as we unlock our Research Library and present the Museum of Portable Sound Research Library Catalogue: 1,400 books, articles, patents, manuals, audio recordings, and more – including links to those available online – organised into over 50 subject areas! These are the items we have collected since our museum opened in November 2015, and cover a diverse range of cross-disciplinary topics from the worlds of sound studies and museum studies – available now as a FREE downloadable PDF.

Subject Areas include:

  • Acoustics
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeoacoustics
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture & Urban Design
  • Archives & Libraries
  • Art Practices, Artists & The Non-Sound Arts
  • Audio Recordings
  • Audiology
  • Authenticity
  • Cartography, Mapping & Walking
  • Classics
  • Conceptual, Imaginary, Portable & Virtual Museums
  • Culture(s)
  • Curation & Collection
  • Deaf Studies
  • Decay, The Intangible & Ruins
  • Decolonisation
  • Digital Museuming
  • Education & Visitors
  • Essays & Fiction
  • Ethics
  • Exhibition Catalogues
  • Exhibition Studies
  • Field Recording
  • Film
  • Health & Medicine
  • Hearing & Listening
  • Heritage
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Language, Speech & Writing
  • Magic & The Unknown
  • Materialisms
  • Media & Media Archaeology
  • Memory
  • Multisensory Studies
  • Museology
  • Museum Guides
  • Museum Practice
  • Music
  • Natural History
  • Noise
  • Objects
  • Patents
  • Performance
  • Personal Stereo
  • Philosophy & Critical Theory
  • Policing & Warfare
  • Radio
  • Recording Technologies
  • Science & Other Technologies
  • Seismology & Vulcanology
  • Silence
  • ‘Sound Art’
  • Sound Studies
  • Soundscape & Acoustic Environments
  • Telecommunications
  • Universal Museums & ‘The Enlightenment’

Got something you’d like to donate to our Research Library? Contact us!

We are releasing this catalogue not only to share our own work with you, but to invite you to contribute as well! Are there any books or articles you think we should obtain a copy of for our library? Have you written something you believe would be a good fit for our research and are willing to donate a copy? Notice any mistakes we made that need correcting? By all means, Contact Us!