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COMPO COMPANY LTD. (1918-1950)

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Compo Company Ltd. fonds. - 1922-1972. - 1.10 linear m. of textual records. - ca. 900 audio discs.

Administrative History

The first independent Canadian disc-pressing plant, the Compo Company was founded in Lachine, Quebec by Herbert S. Berliner, then vice-president and general manager of the Berliner Gram-O-Phone Co. In 1950 the company was bought by Decca, which in turn sold it to MCA Records after some fifteen years. The Compo labels remained on the market until 1971; the Lachine pressing plant closed its doors in the early 1970s.

Scope and Content

The fonds includes operational records of the Compo Company and its successive buyers, Decca and MCA Records (Lachine plant): ledgers of recordings (1922-49), ledgers of sound tests (1924-25), press releases (1966) and lists of commercial recordings and stampers; sound recordings of Canadian performers, mainly in the popular field.

Immediate source of acquisition: permanent loan from MCA Records (Canada), through M.R.A. Chislett, in 1971.

Restrictions: none.

Finding aids: numerical list.