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When Martin Williams, the director of the Jazz Program at the Smithsonian Institution, created a six-disk survey of recorded jazz in , ''The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz,'' he not only broke through the barriers that had prevented recordings controlled by one company from being mingled with those controlled by other companies and thus made possible really representative record collections, but, by his choice of selections and his annotations, he established a model for such overviews of an area of recorded music. In that collection, the records were chosen either because of their excellence as performances or because they were representative of some aspect of an artist's work. Box , Washington, D. It is, in effect, an illustrated variant of Alec Wilder's ground-breaking study, ''American Popular Song,'' in which Mr. Wilder analyzed the work of American songwriters from to The recorded collection, which includes a background and analysis of each song by James R. Morris and comment on the recorded performances, not only points up changes in the styles of popular songs but also follows the parallel developments in pop singing. Because it is dependent on the availability of recordings, it begins not at the end of the 19th century, as Mr.