For extended and updated bibliographies on the history of sound and listening, see Emily Thompson’s faculty homepage.
Urban and Environmental Noise:
Augoyard, Jean-Francois and Henry Torgue, Eds.; Translated by Andrea McCartney and David Paquette. Sonic Experience: A Guide to Everyday Sounds (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005).
Bailey, Peter. "Breaking the Sound Barrier: A Historian Listens to Noise." Body and Society 2 (1996): 49-66.
Bareiss, Warren. Noise Abatement in Philadelphia, 1907-1966: The Production of a Soundscape (M.A. Thesis, Communications, Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania, 1990).
Bijsterveld, Karin. Mechanical Sound: Technology, Culture, and Public Problems of Noise in the Twentieth Century (The MIT Press, 2008).
Blesser, Barry and Linda-Ruth Salter. Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?: Experiencing Aural Architecture (The MIT Press, 2007).
Burke, Peter. "Notes for a Social History of Silence in Early Modern Europe," pp. 123-141 in Burke, The Art of Conversation (Cornell, 1993).
Cockayne, Emily. Hubbub: Filth, Noise, and Stench in England. (Yale, 2007).
Corbould, Clare. "Streets, Sounds, and Identity in Interwar Harlem," Journal of Social History 40 (Summer 2007): 859-894.
Goldsmith, Mike. Discord: The Story of Noise (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Goodman, Steve. Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear (The MIT Press, 2010).
Hendy, David. Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening. (Ecco/Harper Collins, 2013).
Keizer, Garret. The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise (Public Affairs, 2010).
Kosko, Bart. Noise (Viking, 2006).
Payer, Peter. "The Age of Noise: Early Reactions in Vienna, 1870-1914," Journal of Urban History 33 (July 2007): 773-793.
Picker, John. "The Soundproof Study: Victorian Professionals, Work Space, and Urban Noise," Victorian Studies 42 (Spring 1999/2000): 427-453.
Prochnik, George. In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise (Doubleday, 2010).
Radovac, Lilian. "The 'War on Noise': Sound and Space in LaGuardia's New York," American Quarterly 63 (September 2011): 733-760.
Schafer, R. Murray. The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World (1977; Destiny Books, 1994).
Schwartz, Hillel. Making Noise: From Babel to the Big Bang and Beyond (Zone, 2011).
Sewald, Ronda. "Forced Listening: The Contested Use of Loudspeakers for Commercial and Political Messages in the Public Soundscape," American Quarterly 63 (September 2011): 761-780.
Smilor, Raymond. Confronting the Industrial Environment: The Noise Problem in America, 1893-1932. PhD. Dissertation, History, University of Texas at Austin, 1978.
Thompson, Emily. The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1933 (The MIT Press, 2002).
Vaillant, Derek. "Peddling Noise: Contesting the Civic Soundscape of Chicago, 1890-1913," Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 96 (Autumn 2003): 257-287.
Wilson, Eric. "Plagues, Fairs, and Street Cries: Sounding Out Society and Space in Early Modern England," Modern Language Studies 25 (Summer 1995): 1-42.
Cohn, Lawrence. Movietone Presents the 20th Century. (St. Martin's Press, 1976).
Colella, Antonia and Luke Collela. Now We're Talking: The Story of Theodore W. Case and Sound-On-Film. (1st Books, 2003).
Fielding, Raymond. The American Newsreel: A Complete History, 1911-1967. (2nd ed., McFarland and Co, 2006).
Markey, Morris. "A Reporter at Large: Newsreel," The New Yorker (22 September 1934): 88-98.
Peden, Charles. Newsreel Man. (1932; Geikei Press, 2007).
Przybylek, Stephanie, with Marie Eckhardt and Jim Richerson. Breaking the Silence on Film: The History of the Case Research Lab. (The Cayuga Museum, 1999).
Sponable, E.I. "Historical Development of Sound Films." Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers 48 (April 1947): 275-303; 48 (May 1947): 407-422.
New York City:
Homberger, Eric. The Historical Atlas of New York City (Henry Holt and Co., 1994).
Hood, Clifton. 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993).
Jackson, Kenneth T., Ed. The Encyclopedia of New York City (Yale University Press and the New-York Historical Society, 1995).
Stern, Robert A.M. and Gregory Gilmartin and John Massengale. New York 1900: Metropolitan Architecture and Urbanism 1890-1915. (Rizzoli, 1983).
Stern, Robert A.M. and Gregory Gilmartin and Thomas Mellins. New York 1930: Architecture and Urbanism Between the Two World Wars. (Rizzoli, 1987).