Guide to Non-Commercial Disc Collections ARS.0033

Finding aid prepared by Franz Kunst
Archive of Recorded Sound
Braun Music Center
541 Lasuen Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, California, 94305-3076
650-723-9312
soundarchive@stanford.edu
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The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.


Descriptive Summary

Title: Non-Commercial Disc Collections
Dates: 1922-1976
Collection number: ARS.0033
Collection size: 356 boxes : 10411 discs (132 3-7" discs ; 1432 10" discs ; 2491 12" discs ; 4682 16" discs)
Repository: Archive of Recorded Sound
Abstract: The Archive of Recorded Sound's Non-Commercial Disc Collections consist of over 10,000 phonographic disc recordings from a variety of donors, the majority of which are either broadcast transcriptions or instantaneous recordings. None were ever available for sale to the general public, and many are unique.
Language of Material: Multiple languages

Access

Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive for assistance.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with repository. Publication and reproduction rights reside with the creators or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Head Librarian of the Archive of Recorded Sound.

Preferred Citation

Non-Commercial Disc Collections, ARS-0033. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Scope and Contents

The Archive of Recorded Sound's Non-Commercial Disc Collections consist of over 10,000 disc recordings from a variety of donors, most of which are either broadcast transcriptions or instantaneous recordings. None were ever available for sale to the general public, and many are unique. Despite the variety contained in this collection, the majority are related to radio broadcasting. Recordings were either produced for broadcast or captured from broadcasts as air checks.
Transcriptions were made in a variety of sizes (often 16 inches to accommodate a longer playing time), and were typically vinyl or other plastic pressings, but many were instantaneous. Some earlier transcriptions were made of shellac. These discs reflect the diversity of the Golden Age of radio, with recordings of music, drama, news, commentary, advertisements, public service announcements, and educational programming.
Instantaneous discs, on the other hand, could be made by virtually anyone with access to a recording machine. These were recorded one at a time, and while it was possible to make duplicates, most are also one of a kind. These recordings, sometimes referred to as lacquers, acetates, or soft-cuts, were not the first recordable media (blank cylinders were available since the beginning of recording), but for over twenty years they were the dominant form of recording. The collection even contains a few discs recorded in the mid-1970s.
Content was only bounded by what could be placed in front of a microphone. These discs were used in professional recording studios, concert halls, record-your-own-voice booths, living rooms, and in the field. Some are merely dubs of other recordings; this was especially common with collectors prior to the reissue industry. Others capture live performances and are of inestimable value.
A major component of the collection is armed forces-issued recordings. These were used for a variety of purposes, including recruitment, entertainment, and instruction. Other types of recordings in the collection include soundtracks, sound effects and production discs for motion pictures, promotional giveaways and premiums, and demos and vanity pressings by recording studio clients (not all of whom, it should be noted, were amateurs).
Only a portion of the collection has been described below. Multiple recordings on a single disc, missing and damaged labels, conflicting or no information, and the inability to aurally preview contents make cataloging these discs a challenge. Also, there are serious preservation concerns with ancient recordings on such fragile media. Some discs are no longer playable. The Archive maintains a comprehensive off-line database of the collection. Please contact ARS for further information.

Sponsor

This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Indexing Terms

Advertising
Radio journalism
Radio airchecks
Radio programs
Personal recordings
Instantaneous discs
Live sound recordings


 

1. program and series titles, A-Z

Physical Description: 6824 discs
 

Acme Hop 1951-07-03

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Adventures Of Frank Race

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Affairs of Peter Salem 1949

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

African Music Research

Physical Description: 6 16" instantaneous discs
 

Album Of Music 1951

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Aldrich Family 1942

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Alec Templeton Time 1947

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

All American Radio Program Sellers

Physical Description: 9 16" vinyl discs
 

Amateur Hour 1948

Physical Description: 1 7" instantaneous disc
 

American Album of Familiar Music 1946-1948

Physical Description: 5 16" instantaneous discs
 

American Cancer Society 1951-1957

Physical Description: 4 16" vinyl discs
 

American Education Forum 1935-1941

Physical Description: 11 instantaneous disc
 

American Heart Association 1959

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

American Legion. Box Score Review 1948-04

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

American Legion. Decision Now 1947-1948

Physical Description: 4 16" vinyl discs
 

American Melody Hour 1946

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous disc
 

American National Red Cross 1960

Physical Description: 1 12" vinyl disc
 

American Rhapsody 1950-1951

Physical Description: 9 16" instantaneous discs
 

American Social Hygiene Association

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Amos 'N' Andy

Physical Description: 2 10" instantaneous discs
 

Andre Kostelanetz 1944

Physical Description: 3 12" instantaneous discs
 

Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith

Physical Description: 2 vinyl discs
 

Arkansas Traveler, The 1943-10-07

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous disc
 

Armed Forces Radio Service / Armed Forces Radio and Television Service / American Forces Radio and Television Service

Physical Description: 920 discs

Scope and Contents

Please note that many of these programs were also originally broadcast without AFRS affiliation. Programs here have not been cross-referenced with those without armed forces labels.
 

American Album of Familiar Music 1945

Physical Description: 9 16" vinyl discs
 

American Rhapsody 1945-01-28

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Andre Kostelanetz 1943-1944

Physical Description: 5 16" vinyl discs
 

Armed Forces Radio Theatre

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

At Ease

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Basic Musical Library

Physical Description: 88 16" vinyl discs
 

Best Plays 1956-12

Physical Description: 3 16" vinyl discs
 

Bob Hope 1945, 1949

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Physical Description: 14 16" vinyl discs
 

Burns And Allen 1944-10-24

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Carnival Of Music

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Charlie McCarthy 1944-1945

Physical Description: 7 16" vinyl discs
 

Christmas Program 1944-1945

Physical Description: 6 16" vinyl discs
 

Cleveland Symphony Orchestra 1944-1945

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Comedy Caravan 1945-05-03

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Command Performance

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Concert Hall

Physical Description: 8 16" vinyl discs
 

Date With The Duke

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Double Feature (Bob Crosby) 1944

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Downbeat

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Dragnet 1951

Physical Description: 3 16" vinyl discs
 

Eddie Condon

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Escape

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Family Hour 1944-12-31

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Fibber McGee and Molly 1945-01-30

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Frank Black

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Fred Waring 1944

Physical Description: 4 16" vinyl discs
 

G.I. Jive

Physical Description: 3 16" vinyl discs
 

G.I. Journal

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Ginny Simms

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Globe Theatre 1944-1945

Physical Description: 4 16" vinyl discs
 

Great Moments In Music 1945-06-06

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Guy Lombardo 1945

Physical Description: 3 16" vinyl discs
 

Hall Of Fame 1945-04-08

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Harvest Of Stars 1950-06-04

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Here's To Romance 1944, 1946

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Hildegarde 1945-11-27

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Hollywood Bowl 1946-1950

Physical Description: 482 16" vinyl discs

Scope and Contents

includes Music For The Wounded program 7/2/1947.
 

Hollywood Music Hall 1950-05-16

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Hour Of Charm 1944-1945

Physical Description: 11 16" vinyl discs
 

Inner Sanctum 1948

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Intermezzo

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Jack Benny 1944-1945

Physical Description: 7 16" vinyl discs
 

James Melton 1944-1945

Physical Description: 11 16" vinyl disc
 

Jill's All Time Juke Box

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

John Charles Thomas 1943-1946

Physical Description: 5 16" vinyl discs
 

Johnny Mercer's Music Shop 1944-09-25

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Lite Up Time 1950-11-15

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Mail Call

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Major Bowes

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Martin and Lewis 1949-1950

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Melody Hour 1944-1950

Physical Description: 10 16" vinyl discs
 

Metropolitan Opera 1944-12-23

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Music America Loves Best 1944-1945

Physical Description: 3 16" vinyl discs
 

Music For Sunday

Physical Description: 8 16" vinyl discs
 

Music For The Wounded

Physical Description: 4 16" instantaneous discs
 

Music From America 1944-1945

Physical Description: 14 16" vinyl discs
 

Music Hall 1944-1945

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Music Transcription Library

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Music We Love 1944-1946

Physical Description: 10 16" vinyl discs
 

Mystery Playhouse 1944

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

NBC Symphony Orchestra 1944-1951

Physical Description: 21 16" vinyl disc
 

New York Philharmonic 1945

Physical Description: 6 16" vinyl discs
 

News Of The World

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

One Night Stand 1944-1945

Physical Description: 9 16" vinyl discs
 

Personal Album

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Phil Harris 1950-11-12

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Philadelphia Orchestra 1944

Physical Description: 4 16" vinyl discs
 

Phonograph Album

Physical Description: 5 16" vinyl discs
 

Piano Playhouse 1946

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Popular Music Replacement

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Ray Noble 1945-07-04

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Raymond Scott 1944

Physical Description: 3 16" vinyl discs
 

Saturday Night Serenade 1944-12-16

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Semi-Classical Replacement, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra 1945-07-01

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Showtime

Physical Description: 5 16" vinyl discs
 

Sinfonietta 1944-09-08

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Slow Sports News

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Sound Off 1944-12-09

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Spotlight Bands 1944-1945

Physical Description: 4 16" vinyl discs
 

Station Library 1955-1959

Physical Description: 39 16" vinyl discs
 

Sunday Serenade 1945-04-29

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Supper Club 1945

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Symphony Replacement 1944-1945

Physical Description: 10 16" vinyl discs
 

To The Rear March

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Village Store

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Waltz Time 1944-1945

Physical Description: 6 16" vinyl discs
 

Whistler, The 1950-09-03

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Words With Music

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Yank Bandstand

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Yank Swing Session

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

You Bet Your Life 1950-04-19

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Your Radio Theater 1944-1945

Physical Description: 5 16" vinyl discs
 

Arthur Godfrey 1949-1953

Physical Description: 9 16" instantaneous discs
 

Associated Program Service 1951

Physical Description: 11 16" vinyl disc
 

Associated Program Service Muzak Transcription

Physical Description: 56 16" vinyl discs
 

Atwater Kent Auditions 1948-1950

Physical Description: 2 instantaneous discs
 

Australian Broadcasting Commission. Australian Compositions

Physical Description: 14 12" vinyl discs
 

Author Meets Critic

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Auto News Of The Week 1946-01-03

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Automobile Club of Southern California

Physical Description: 1 10" vinyl discs
 

B-Bar-B Ranch 1949-09-11

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

BBC. Music By British Composers 1969-12

Physical Description: 2 12" vinyl discs
 

Bell Telephone Hour 1943-1960

Physical Description: 18 instantaneous discs
 

Bill Gwinn Show 1946-10-09

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Borden's Hour 1948-05-19

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous disc
 

Boy's Club Of America 1960

Physical Description: 1 12" vinyl disc
 

Bragg and Keene 1936

Physical Description: 1 12" shellac disc
 

Bulldog Drummond 1947-06

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Burns and Allen

Physical Description: 2 instantaneous discs
 

California Highway Patrol

Physical Description: 1 10" vinyl disc
 

California Melodies 1947-06

Physical Description: 2 instantaneous discs
 

Call From Les Paul, A (World Broadcasting System)

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Canada Dry a Las Puertas De La Habana

Physical Description: 1 12" instantaneous disc
 

Canadian Broadcasting Corp. International Service

Physical Description: 15 16" vinyl discs
 

Canary Chorus [i.e. Canary Pet Show] 1947-1949

Physical Description: 4 16" instantaneous discs
 

Candid Microphone 1948-02-26

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Capitol Transcriptions

Physical Description: 7 16" vinyl discs
 

Carnation Contented Hour 1950-1951

Physical Description: 5 16" instantaneous discs
 

Cavalcade of America

Physical Description: 3 discs
 

Celanese Hour 1945-1946

Physical Description: 6 instantaneous discs
 

Centennial Hour 1949-07-18

Physical Description: 1 12" instantaneous disc
 

Chase And Sanborn Hour 1945-1935

Physical Description: 3 12" instantaneous discs
 

Chatterbox, The 1951-07-22

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Chesterfield Hour 1948

Physical Description: 1 7" instantaneous disc
 

Chesterfield Supper Club 1935-1939

Physical Description: 3 12" instantaneous discs
 

Chicago Theater 1947-11

Physical Description: 4 16" instantaneous discs
 

Christmas Seals 1944-1947

Physical Description: 4 16" vinyl discs
 

Circle, The (Kellogg's) 1939

Physical Description: 54 12" instantaneous discs

Scope and Contents

Almost all feature the singing of Lawrence Tibbett. While these discs were donated by Jerome Kleinsasser, more information about them can be found in the Lawrence Tibbett Collection (ARS0041). 
 

Cisco Kid, The

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Coca Cola Hour 1944-02-27

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous disc
 

Command Performance 1942-1944

Physical Description: 2 12" instantaneous discs
 

Community Chest 1946-10-14

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Concert Hall, U.S.A. 1943-07-06

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous disc
 

Crusade For Freedom 1960

Physical Description: 1 10" vinyl disc
 

Disabled American Veterans 1953

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Dixieland Small Fry 1957-09-02

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous disc
 

Doorway To Life 1947-11-06

Physical Description: 1 12" instantaneous disc
 

Double Or Nothing 1951-08-28

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Dramas Of Youth 1941-08

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

Duffy's Tavern 1940-1947

Physical Description: 7 10" instantaneous discs
 

Earl Wrightson 1951-11-19

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Edmund Hockridge Show

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Encore 1953-03-23

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Evening With Romberg, An 1945-1948

Physical Description: 22 instantaneous discs
 

Examiner Schoolcast 1947

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Falcon, The 1949

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Family Theater 1947

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

Federal Agent

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Federal Civil Defense Administration

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Fibber McGee and Molly 1945-1952

Physical Description: 9 10" instantaneous discs
 

Fitch Bandwagon 1942-05

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous disc
 

Flight Into The Past 1947

Physical Description: 5 16" instantaneous discs
 

Ford Sunday Evening Hour 1939-1947

Physical Description: 20 instantaneous discs
 

Frank And Ernest 1942-1948

Physical Description: 14 16" shellac discs
 

Fred Waring Show 1940-1946

Physical Description: 13 instantaneous discs
 

Fred Allen Show

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous disc
 

French Broadcasting System in North America

Physical Description: 394 vinyl discs
 

French Broadcasting System in North America. Special Features

Physical Description: 4 16" vinyl discs
 

Bonjour Mesdames

Physical Description: 10 16" vinyl discs
 

Five Centuries of French Music

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Gai Paris

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Masterworks From France

Physical Description: 256 vinyl discs
 

Masterworks Of French Music

Physical Description: 66 12" vinyl discs
 

Songs Of France

Physical Description: 42 vinyl discs
 

Paris Star Time

Physical Description: 10 16" vinyl discs
 

Fulton Lewis, Jr. 1945-1947

Physical Description: 6 16" instantaneous discs
 

General Motors Symphony Of The Air 1945-1946

Physical Description: 15 16" instantaneous discs
 

Girl Scouts of the United States of America

Physical Description: 1 12" instantaneous disc
 

Gold And Silver Minstrels 1946-10-14

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Golden Gate Hour 1948-08-22

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Grand Ole Opry 1942

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Great Moments In Music 1946

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

Green Hornet 1941-08

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

Grunow Varieties 1933-1934

Physical Description: 10 16" vinyl discs
 

Hall Of Fame, The 1944-05

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous disc
 

Hallmark Playhouse 1950-09-09

Physical Description: 1 12" instantaneous disc
 

Happy Gang, The 1948-05

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Harlem Hospitality Club 1947

Physical Description: 8 16" instantaneous discs
 

Harry Babbitt Show 1947-04

Physical Description: 2 10" instantaneous discs
 

Harvest Of Stars 1949-1950

Physical Description: 4 16" instantaneous discs
 

Headlines of 1946 1946

Physical Description: 1 12" vinyl disc
 

Hemophilia Foundation

Physical Description: 1 10" vinyl disc
 

High School On The Air 1946-10-03

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Hills Brothers Coffee

Physical Description: 3 shellac discs
 

Hollywood Bowl 1945-1960

Physical Description: 38 instantaneous discs
 

Hollywood Music Hall 1947-1954

Physical Description: 37 instantaneous discs
 

Hollywood Whispers

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Sands Of Time

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Hour of Charm, The 1945

Physical Description: 3 instantaneous discs
 

House Party 1948-03-08

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous disc
 

Hughesreel

Physical Description: 13 16" shellac discs
 

Human Relations In Bay Area Industry 1953-1954

Physical Description: 36 16" instantaneous discs
 

In Which We Serve

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Information Please 1942

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

Institute For Democratic Education 1950

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Inter-American Symphony 1949-06-13

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

International Airport 1949

Physical Description: 5 16" instantaneous discs
 

Invitation to Music 1950

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

Jack Benny Show

Physical Description: 2 instantaneous discs
 

Jack Owen Show

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Jack Smith Show 1946-10-14

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

James Melton 1947-01-26

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Jimmie And Jane

Physical Description: 1 16" shellac disc
 

Johnny Madero, Pier 23 1947-08

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Judy Canova Show 1945-10-13

Physical Description: 1 12" instantaneous disc
 

Junior High Quiz 1946-10-10

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Just Plain Bill

Physical Description: 1 16" shellac disc
 

Juvenile Jury 1946-1947

Physical Description: 4 16" instantaneous discs
 

King Cole Trio Time (Wildroot Cream Oil)

Physical Description: 29 10" instantaneous discs
 

Kingston Trio, The 1960-05

Physical Description: 1 12" instantaneous disc
 

Koffee Klub 1949-04-16

Physical Description: 1 12" instantaneous disc
 

Kraft Music Hall 1940-1947

Physical Description: 6 instantaneous discs
 

Lang-Worth Planned Program Service 1936-1937

Physical Description: 8 16" vinyl discs
 

Lang-Worth Recorded Music Service

Physical Description: 424 16" vinyl discs
 

Latin American Serenade 1947-1948

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

Lawrence Welk Show 1952-1965

Physical Description: 51 instantaneous discs
 

Lawyer Q 1947

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Leave It To The Girls 1947

Physical Description: 4 16" instantaneous discs
 

Lest We Forget 1940-1943

Physical Description: 49 16" shellac discs
 

Lest We Forget These Great Americans

Physical Description: 7 16" vinyl discs
 

Leukemia Society 1962

Physical Description: 7 12" vinyl discs
 

Liberace Radio Program

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Liberace Show 1952-1954

Physical Description: 8 16" instantaneous discs
 

Little Boy Blue 1949

Physical Description: 6 16" instantaneous discs
 

Lives Of The Great

Physical Description: 1 16" shellac disc
 

Lives Of The Saints, The

Physical Description: 4 16" shellac discs
 

Longines Symphonette, The 1948-1957

Physical Description: 92 instantaneous discs
 

Love Finds Andy Hardy 1938

Physical Description: 1 12" instantaneous disc
 

Lower Basin Street 1944-06-11

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous disc
 

Main Street Music Hall 1951-08-12

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour

Physical Description: 1 12" instantaneous disc
 

Man From Homicide, The

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Man Who Came to Dinner, The 1949-12-25

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

March of Dimes 1939-1956

Physical Description: 8 discs
 

March of Time 1935-1942

Physical Description: 4 12" instantaneous discs
 

Maxwell House Showboat 1933-06-15

Physical Description: 9 12" instantaneous discs
 

Meet Me at Parky's 1946

Physical Description: 11 12" instantaneous discs
 

Meet The Press 1947

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

Memory Shop 1951-1952

Physical Description: 3 instantaneous discs
 

Mercury Theatre on the Air 1938-08-08

Physical Description: 4 12" instantaneous discs
 

Meredith Willson's Music Review 1949-1952

Physical Description: 4 16" instantaneous discs
 

Metropolitan Opera 1935-1954

Physical Description: 90 instantaneous discs
 

Miracles Of Sport 1937

Physical Description: 1 12" shellac disc
 

Mirth And Melody Time 1948-12

Physical Description: 5 16" instantaneous discs
 

Mission To The Middle East 1948-12

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Moods Musical

Physical Description: 1 16" shellac disc
 

Mr. President 1948-05

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

Muscular Dystrophy Associations Of America

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Music America Loves Best

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Music For Half An Hour 1949

Physical Description: 4 16" instantaneous discs
 

Music For Moderns 1944-05

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous disc
 

Music For Today 1951-08-20

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Music For You 1949-1951

Physical Description: 4 16" instantaneous discs
 

Music In The Morgan Manner 1949-09-22

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Music Library Records 1949-1952

Physical Description: 131 instantaneous discs

Other Finding Aids note

Discs used in the production of recordings by this company. See also the Metal Parts Collections (ARS0126). 
 

Music with the Hormel Girls 1950

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Mutual Melody Hour 1946-09-05

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Mutual Security Agency. On The Roads Of Italy

Physical Description: 3 16" vinyl discs
 

Mutual's Block Party 1948-03-14

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Muzak Transcription. This We Have Done

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Myrt And Marge

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Mysterious Traveler 1949

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

Mystery Hall 1949

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

National Association Of Broadcasters

Physical Description: 2 12" vinyl discs
 

National Committee For Mental Hygiene. The Inquiring Parent 1950

Physical Description: 3 16" vinyl discs
 

National Conference Of Christians And Jews

Physical Description: 2 10" vinyl discs
 

National Council Of The Churches Of Christ In The U.S.A.

Physical Description: 1 12" vinyl disc
 

National Education Forum 1939-04-29

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

National Foundation For Neuromuscular Diseases 1961

Physical Description: 1 10" vinyl disc
 

National Guard

Physical Description: 2 12" vinyl discs
 

National Guard. Let's Go To Town

Physical Description: 16 16" vinyl discs
 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Physical Description: 1 7" vinyl disc
 

National Safety Council

Physical Description: 1 10" vinyl disc
 

National Society For The Prevention Of Blindness

Physical Description: 1 12" instantaneous disc
 

Natural Resources Roundtable 1940-03-11

Physical Description: 2 12" instantaneous discs
 

Naval Supply Center 1951-1955

Physical Description: 109 instantaneous discs

Scope and Contents

Music recordings probably used for local radio broadcast at the Naval Supply Center in Oakland, California
 

New Car News 1959-1960

Physical Description: 14 10" vinyl discs
 

News Of The World

Physical Description: 1 12" instantaneous disc
 

Office of Civil Defense

Physical Description: 2 vinyl discs
 

Office Of Education. Americans All - Immigrants All

Physical Description: 74 12" shellac discs
 

Office of War Information

Physical Description: 147 discs
 

Office of War Information

Physical Description: 13 discs
 

American Almanac

Physical Description: 6 12" vinyl discs
 

American Town Meeting 1946

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Exploring The Unknown

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Franco-American Friendship

Physical Description: 2 12" vinyl discs
 

French Outpost

Physical Description: 29 12" vinyl discs
 

From America 1946

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

Italian Outpost

Physical Description: 23 discs
 

Let's Go To The Opera 1946-05-12

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Meet An American

Physical Description: 3 16" vinyl discs
 

NBC Symphony Orchestra 1945-05-20

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

New York Philharmonic 1944-1946

Physical Description: 25 16" instantaneous discs
 

News Of The World

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Outpost Concert Series. Music Of The Jazz Bands

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Outpost Concert Series. Music Of The Theatre

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Radio Symphonies Of America

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

This Is The U.S.A.

Physical Description: 10 vinyl discs
 

Treasure Hour Of Song 1946

Physical Description: 9 16" instantaneous discs
 

Voice Of America (Arabic)

Physical Description: 7 12" instantaneous discs
 

Voice Of America (Persian)

Physical Description: 5 12" instantaneous discs
 

Official Detective 1949

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

Opinion-aire 1947-04

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Orchestras Of The Nation 1945-1948

Physical Description: 8 16" instantaneous discs
 

Orchestras Of The World 1950

Physical Description: 28 16" vinyl discs
 

Ozark Mountain Folks 1948-01-28

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Pan American Roundtable 1942

Physical Description: 5 16" instantaneous discs
 

Passing Parade 1948

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Paul Whiteman Hour, The 1946-1947

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

Pause That Refreshes, The 1945-02-11

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Pepsodent Show, The 1943-01-26

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous discs
 

Philco Radio Time 1947, 1949

Physical Description: 6 10" instantaneous discs
 

Prudential Family Hour 1944-1948

Physical Description: 14 instantaneous discs
 

Quaker City Serenade 1946-09-17

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Quiet Please 1947

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Radio Free Europe

Physical Description: 1 7" vinyl disc
 

Radio Nederland

Physical Description: 7 16" vinyl discs
 

Radio Nederland. Dutch Light Music

Physical Description: 7 16" vinyl discs
 

Radio Nederland. Netherlands Composers

Physical Description: 25 16" vinyl discs
 

Railroad Hour, The 1949-1953

Physical Description: 14 16" instantaneous discs
 

RCA Magic Key Of Radio 1951-04-16

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Rainbow House 1946-02-02

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Rhapsody For Strings

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Redwood Empire

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Reviewing Stand 1946-10

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Road Of Life

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Robert Merrill Show 1946-1949

Physical Description: 7 16" instantaneous discs
 

Rubinoff's Musical Moments Revue

Physical Description: 4 16" vinyl discs
 

Salute To Reservists

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Salvation Army 1956

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Salvation Army. Reflections By Starlight 1961

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

San Francisco Sketchbook 1951-1952

Physical Description: 5 16" instantaneous discs
 

Saturday Night Serenade 1949-06-28

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Say It With Music 1946-1943

Physical Description: 2 discs
 

Schaeffer Parade, The 1948-08-15

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Secret Agent 1941-03

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Serenade For Strings 1946-09-07

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

SESAC Transcriptions Library Service

Physical Description: 59 16" vinyl discs
 

Shady Valley Folks 1947-12

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Sherlock Holmes 1942-02-08

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Showtime, U.S.A. 1950-12-18

Physical Description: 1 12" instantaneous disc
 

Sincerely, Kenny Baker 1945-1946

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Sing Along With Mitch 1961-1965

Physical Description: 14 instantaneous discs
 

Smile Time 1947-05-05

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Spirit Of The Vikings, The

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Stage Door Canteen 1942, 1946

Physical Description: 2 instantaneous discs
 

Stairway To The Stars 1949-05-15

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Standard Hour 1938-1955

Physical Description: 611 discs

Accompanying paper materials

Cue sheets/scripts, album covers and programs (including bound volumes containing 1932-1955 programs) are available for this series.
 

Standard Program Library

Physical Description: 298 16" vinyl discs
 

Standard School Broadcast 1935-1969

Physical Description: 953 discs

Accompanying paper materials

Cue sheets/scripts, album covers and programs (including bound volumes containing 1928-1965 programs) are available for this series.
 

Star Spangled Vaudeville 1942

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Starlight Operetta 1950-07-30

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Stars For Defense 1957-1962

Physical Description: 6 vinyl discs
 

Stradivari Program 1946

Physical Description: 6 16" instantaneous discs
 

Straight Arrow 1948-05

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Streamlined Fairy Tales 1947

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Summer Electric Hour 1948-06-06

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Sunrise Salute 1949

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Sunset Serenade 1950-04-05

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Symphonies of the Sage (Sons Of The Pioneers)

Physical Description: 14 16" vinyl discs
 

Synagogue

Physical Description: 12 16" vinyl discs
 

Tapestries of Life 1951

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Tennessee Ernie Show

Physical Description: 5 16" vinyl discs
 

Thesaurus (RCA, NBC)

Physical Description: 15 16" vinyl discs
 

This I Believe

Physical Description: 1 12" vinyl discs
 

This Is America 1941

Physical Description: 4 16" instantaneous discs
 

This, Our America 1939-06-04

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Through The Looking Glass 1950-04-15

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Tide Show, The 1952-09-01

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Time To Smile 1941-12

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous disc
 

Titan Library Service

Physical Description: 1 12" shellac disc
 

Transatlantic Call

Physical Description: 23 16" vinyl discs
 

Treasure Hour Of Song 1946-06

Physical Description: 3 16" instantaneous discs
 

Treasury Department

Physical Description: 81 discs
 

Treasury Department

Physical Description: 9 discs
 

Eddy Arnold

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Guest Star 1947-1962

Physical Description: 38 16" vinyl discs
 

Take Stock In America

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Treasury Song Parade

Physical Description: 25 16" vinyl discs
 

Voices Of The Farm

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Voices Of The People 1942-1943

Physical Description: 6 16" vinyl discs
 

Minute Man 1943-02-01

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

True or False 1949

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Twenty Questions 1947-1948

Physical Description: 4 16" instantaneous discs
 

U.S. Air Force

Physical Description: 184 vinyl discs
 

U.S. Air Force

Physical Description: 2 vinyl discs
 

U.S. Air Force Reserve. Reserved For You 1956-1962

Physical Description: 28 vinyl discs
 

U.S. Air Force Reserve. Soundflights Into Jazz

Physical Description: 4 12" vinyl discs
 

Country Music Time

Physical Description: 48 12" vinyl discs
 

Flight Through Life

Physical Description: 1 12" vinyl disc
 

Manhattan Melodies

Physical Description: 13 12" vinyl discs
 

Music in the Air

Physical Description: 2 7" vinyl discs
 

Serenade In Blue

Physical Description: 86 vinyl discs
 

U.S. Armed Forces Institute

Physical Description: 3 12" vinyl discs
 

U.S. Army

Physical Description: 66 vinyl discs
 

U.S. Army

Physical Description: 5 12" vinyl discs
 

Army Bandstand

Physical Description: 19 vinyl discs
 

Country Style, USA

Physical Description: 16 12" vinyl discs
 

Forward March 1956

Physical Description: 5 16" vinyl discs
 

Gene Price Country Express 1974

Physical Description: 2 12" vinyl discs
 

March Music

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

National Anthems

Physical Description: 2 12" vinyl discs
 

Proudly We Hail 1956

Physical Description: 13 16" vinyl discs
 

Stars On Parade 1950

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Voice Of The Army

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

U.S. Department Of Labor

Physical Description: 1 12" vinyl disc
 

U.S. Department Of The Interior Fish And Wildlife Service, Bureau Of Commercial Fisheries

Physical Description: 1 12" vinyl disc
 

U.S. Marine Corps

Physical Description: 26 vinyl discs
 

U.S. Marine Corps

Physical Description: 6 vinyl discs
 

It's The Tops

Physical Description: 3 16" vinyl discs
 

Jazz On The Potomac

Physical Description: 7 12" vinyl discs
 

Jerry Gray Show

Physical Description: 3 16" vinyl discs
 

Les Brown Show

Physical Description: 5 16" vinyl discs
 

Take Five

Physical Description: 1 12" vinyl disc
 

Toni Arden Show 1954

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

U.S. Navy

Physical Description: 70 discs
 

U.S. Navy

Physical Description: 17 vinyl discs
 

Broadway In Review 1954

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Join The Navy 1956

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Land's Best Bands 1951

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Music On Deck. Lawrence Welk 1959-1960

Physical Description: 28 vinyl discs
 

Music On Deck. Pat Boone

Physical Description: 8 vinyl discs
 

Navy Band Showcase

Physical Description: 1 12" vinyl disc
 

Navy Hour 1945-07-10

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Navy Swings, The

Physical Description: 4 16" vinyl discs
 

Portraits in Patriotism

Physical Description: 1 12" vinyl disc
 

Teacher, The

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Travel The World In Song

Physical Description: 1 12" vinyl disc
 

What In The World Happened? 1976

Physical Description: 2 12" vinyl discs
 

Your Navy Show 1954

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Your Star Time 1953

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

U.S. Office of Civilian Defense

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

U.S. Office of Civilian Defense. Yankee Doodle

Physical Description: 3 16" vinyl discs
 

U.S. Post Office Department 1967

Physical Description: 1 10" vinyl disc
 

United Nations

Physical Description: 64 discs
 

United Nations

Physical Description: 12 discs
 

Celebration Of The First Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1949-12-10

Physical Description: 8 16" vinyl discs
 

Commemoration Of The Second Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1950-12-10

Physical Description: 5 16" vinyl discs
 

Document A/777

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

Eleven Memory Street

Physical Description: 3 16" vinyl discs
 

Memo From Lake Success

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Shooting Gallery

Physical Description: 4 16" vinyl discs
 

Tomorrow For Two

Physical Description: 2 16" vinyl discs
 

U.N. Story

Physical Description: 1 10" vinyl disc
 

U.N. Birthday Story, The 1949-10-24

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

UNESCO. Energy In The Service Of Man

Physical Description: 2 12" instantaneous discs
 

UNESCO. Backdoor Travelogue

Physical Description: 1 12" instantaneous disc
 

UNESCO. Canticle of Hope

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

UNICEF. Billy Hits the Jackpot 1958

Physical Description: 1 10" vinyl disc
 

UNICEF. Meanest Man In Town, The

Physical Description: 1 10" vinyl disc
 

UNICEF. Trial of Sergeant Bill, The 1957

Physical Description: 1 10" vinyl disc
 

United Nations Story, The

Physical Description: 13 16" vinyl discs
 

United Nations Today, The 1950

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Your Seat at the Table 1955

Physical Description: 1 10" vinyl disc
 

United Service Organizations 1961

Physical Description: 1 12" vinyl disc
 

United States Information Service 1949

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

United States Steel Hour, The 1949-1952

Physical Description: 11 16" instantaneous disc
 

Unlimited Horizons 1941-04-22

Physical Description: 6 12" instantaneous discs
 

Veterans Administration 1949

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Veterans Administration. Here's To Veterans

Physical Description: 34 vinyl discs
 

Veterans' Theater Of The Air 1948-05

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Voice Of America

Physical Description: 20 16" vinyl discs
 

Voice Of America. Fun With Music

Physical Description: 5 16" vinyl discs
 

Voice Of America. Musica De Siempre

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Voice Of Firestone, The 1936-1956

Physical Description: 22 discs
 

War Department

Physical Description: 34 12" vinyl discs
 

Warriors Of Peace 1947

Physical Description: 6 16" vinyl discs
 

We The People

Physical Description: 3 instantaneous discs
 

Wealth Of The West 1941

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

Western Hit Revue 1949-04-28

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Westertype

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

Westinghouse Adventures In Research

Physical Description: 12 16" vinyl discs
 

Witch's Tale

Physical Description: 1 16" shellac disc
 

Works Progress Administration 1936-1942

Physical Description: 339 discs
 

World Feature. Jam Session

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

World Feature. Sing, America, Sing

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

World Program Service

Physical Description: 34 16" vinyl discs
 

World's Best Seller, The

Physical Description: 1 16" vinyl disc
 

Yesterday Brings You Tomorrow

Physical Description: 1 16" shellac disc
 

You And Gadgets 1949

Physical Description: 2 16" instantaneous discs
 

You And Your America 1940-05-19

Physical Description: 3 12" instantaneous discs
 

You Bet Your Life

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous discs
 

Young Men's Christian Association

Physical Description: 3 10" vinyl discs
 

Your Hit Parade 1935-1952

Physical Description: 18 instantaneous discs
 

Zane Grey Show 1947-12

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc
 

2. general content types

Scope and Contents

For the most part, content types have been identified for genres other than music. Quantities are estimated.
 

advertisements

Physical Description: 100 discs
 

advertisements (political)

Physical Description: 10 discs
 

amateur recordings

Physical Description: 105 discs

Scope and Contents

Label information suggests relatively informal speech, singing and playing by family or friends.
 

custom/vanity pressings

Physical Description: 57 discs

Scope and Contents

Studio and pressing plant information has been recorded when present. Please note that the general ARS record library also contains many custom and privately-printed recordings.
 

motion picture-related

Physical Description: 98 discs

Scope and Contents

Includes soundtracks, production discs (largely from MGM 1940s musicals), promotional recordings and advertisements.
 

news and speech

Physical Description: 456 discs

Scope and Contents

News, commentary, panel discussion, speeches, lectures, sportscasting, etc. Most are from or for the radio.
 

dubbed copies

Physical Description: 157 discs

Scope and Contents

Some identified as dubs may not be issued takes, and there are probably other dubs not identified as such. Many appear to be party records (i.e. risque songs not otherwise easily available in record stores).
 

ethnographic and field recordings

Physical Description: 64 discs
 

African Music Research discs from Johannesburg, South Africa

Physical Description: 6 16" instantaneous discs
 

Aboriginal Music From the Northern Territory of Australia (Australian Broadcasting Commission, Processed By Columbia Graphophone) 1948

Physical Description: 11 12" vinyl discs
 

Cook Island Songs Recorded For The South Seas Commission (Columbia Graphophone (Aust.) Pty. Ltd.)

Physical Description: 2 12" vinyl discs
 

Finnie Collection recordings from Lebanon, Venezula, Korea and elsewhere for use in Bechtel films 1951-1956

Physical Description: 15 instantaneous discs
 

Folk Songs and Dances From The Pacific, Recorded by Fred Drilhon (Australian Broadcasting Commission, processed By Columbia Graphophone) 1954

Physical Description: 3 12" vinyl discs
 

Linnell Migratory Camp, Visalia, California. A. Carl Killion - Turkish Lady B. Evelyn Pennington - Old Grumbler 1945-12-27

Physical Description: 1 16" instantaneous disc

Scope and Contents

This unusual 16" cardboard-based lacquer was recorded by Nadean Hart in 1945. This recording has been deposited at the Library Of Congress American Folklife Center as part of AFS 9434-9447: Nadean Hart Collection of Folk Songs and Ballads. It is unclear what relationship this disc has to the AFS collection. It is probably a contemporary dub.
 

New Guinea and Papuan Native Music (Australian Broadcasting Commission, processed By Columbia Graphophone) 1950

Physical Description: 6 12" vinyl discs
 

Pueblo Indian songs 1945-01-14

Physical Description: 2 12" instantaneous discs

Scope and Contents

Two glass-based discs recorded by Albuquerque Radio and Appliance featuring Mike Reyna, Paul Toya and Heinrich Shultz singing traditonal Taos Pueblo songs as well as popular material (such as "Bomb the Berlin"). These discs were originally owned by Virgil Whitaker, a Stanford alumnus and professor emeritus who worked in the Indian Education Service in New Mexico during WWII. However, the original recordings were made by anthropologists Florence Hawley Ellis and Donovan Senter, and these are probably copies made at the time. For more information refer to the Florence Hawley Ellis and Donovan Senter Collection of Hispanic, Isleta, and Laguna Songs at the University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research.
 

Sam Kapa, J. Louis Hila, Donald Parshon, Cazimero. Kaikoo ; Lihiwai [photocopy of lyrics in Hawaiian enclosed]

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous disc
 

Sanscrit Chant, Sri-Sulul (Aladdin Recording, Portland, Oregon)

Physical Description: 1 10" instantaneous disc
 

Sarat Lahiri and Todi, Sitar, Tabla and Banya, 341 West 58th St. New York City - Raga Behag ; Hindu Love Song [handwritten label]

Physical Description: 1 10" shellac disc
 

Sydney University Expedition 1949. Chants And Rituals Recorded By Professor Elkin (Australian Record Company) 1949

Physical Description: 12 16" vinyl discs
 

public service announcements and programs

Physical Description: 69 discs
 

visually unidentifiable

Physical Description: 372 discs
 

3. major orchestras represented

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops

Physical Description: 90 discs
 

CBS Symphony Orchestra

Physical Description: 43 discs
 

Hollywood Bowl

Physical Description: 538 discs
 

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Physical Description: 150 discs
 

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Physical Description: 241 discs
 

New York Philharmonic

Physical Description: 112 discs
 

Philadelphia Orchestra

Physical Description: 24 discs
 

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Opera

Physical Description: 147 discs
 

4. Stanford University recordings

Physical Description: 178 discs

Scope and Contents

Not all Stanford-related discs have been identified, and some recordings donated by faculty and alumni have no relation to Stanford. The collection contains donations from Sandor Salgo, Herbert Nanney, Leonard Ratner, Harold Schmidt, Jan Popper and many others. Many transcriptions were once part of KZSU's library. While most discs are of various baccalaureates, commencements, and other addresses, a few highlights are as follows:
David Starr Jordan's "The Stanford Spirit" on a 1916 custom shellac pressing ; an interview with Mrs. David Starr Jordan in 1951 ; Richard Lyman home recordings from the early 1930s ; Stanford Women's Glee Club 1937 ; Stanford Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sandor Salgo and Leonard Ratner ; original recordings of the Stanford Scalp Song from composer Irving Bibo ; Stanford Players productions from the late 1940s ; Ray Lyman Wilbur and D.B. Tressider at an Alumni Banquet in 1943 ; Yvor Winters readings ; Wallace Stegner singing the song "Sam Hall" ; Herbert Nanney playing the organ at Memorial ; a Putnam Aldrich harpsichord recital from 1953 ; Stanford Big Game Gaieties from 1940.

Related Material

 

5. notable donations

Scope and Contents

By no means is this an exhaustive list. Many of the donors below also have their own collections, and links are provided to their finding aids.
 

Arnold, Bob

Physical Description: 16 instantaneous discs

Related Archival Materials

Scope and Contents

Arnold was a collector and researcher in Berkeley, California. Some or all discs are from Jaxyson Radio Service in Oakland, a studio which was known for a few blues and gospel pressings, as well as many instantaneous recordings (many of which were compiled on a commercial CD set titled The Jaxyson Records Story).
 

Blackmar, Lois 1934-1950

Physical Description: 6 12" instantaneous discs

Scope and Contents

Six discs compiling rare recordings by singer Joseph Bentonelli.
 

Block, Al 1937-1971

Physical Description: 275 discs

Related Archival Materials

Scope and Contents

Block was a collector and long-time friend of the Archive. Most of these discs were from the last of his many donations. While his interest was mainly in classical, one may also find dramatic performances, popular music and even a country and western program (the Sons Of The Pioneers' Symphonies of the Sage).
 

Bonelli, Mona Modini 1949-04-17

Physical Description: 4 discs

Related Archival Materials

See also Box 34, Tape 26 in the Richard Bonelli Collection (ARS0005). 

Scope and Contents

Richard Bonelli with Fern Sayre, soprano, G. Alexander Schriener, organ, Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897. Deutsches Requiem.
 

Borisoff, Alexander (via Janice Ortega) 1945-1949

Physical Description: 15 12" instantaneous discs

Scope and Contents

Discs originally owned by cellist and composer Alexander Borisoff and donated by his grandaughter Janice Ortega. Includes a complete Your Hit Parade (Lucky Strike) program on NBC/KFI from 9/14/1935 and a 1949 private recording of Borisoff's Poeme Ancient by the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra conducted by Victor Young with Borisoff playing cello and narration by Edward G. Robinson.
 

Brown, Nate 1935-1949

Physical Description: 210 discs

Related Archival Materials

Scope and Contents

The Western Sound Archive, run by collector and trader Nate Brown along with fellow collector Ed Wilkinson, was a non-profit service that distributed rare classical recordings on open reel tape. These discs were the original sources for much of this privately circulated material.
 

Davis, Hugh

Physical Description: 65 instantaneous discs

Scope and Contents

Exact provenance is unclear; discs may have been donated by an intermediary. Davis was a jazz fan and recording engineer originally from Wichita, Kansas who worked as an electrical engineer and for the Seeburg jukebox company. An associate of John Steiner, they ran the S.D. (Steiner-Davis) and Paramount reissue labels together, and recorded traditional jazz performances both live and from radio broadcasts in the Chicago area. Most of these discs have minimal annotations, and some may be dubs or tests of commercial issues. Notable recordings include: Sunday Swing Concert, Sherman Hotel in Chicago 11/3/1940 ; Teddy Wilson, Duffy's Tavern 4/7/1942 ; Bob Crosby, Jess Stacy, Fitch Bandwagon 5/24/42 ; George Barnes, Roy Shields Program WMAQ 5/21/42 ; Bill Davison - Blatz Palm Gardens 5/30/41 ; and various recordings of Mel Henke, Don Ewell, Billy Maxted, Floyd Bean, and others.
 

Drob, Harold

Physical Description: 85 instantaneous discs

Scope and Contents

Drob was a jazz record collector and researcher devoted to trumpeter Bunk Johnson. Many of these discs are dubs from rare jazz 78s, but others may be unique recordings. The Boris Blinder records are probably not part of this donation.
 

Elwood, Phil

Physical Description: 16 discs

Scope and Contents

A few discs from the collection of famed San Francisco music critic and radio producer Phil Elwood. Most discs are unidentified, but there are two of Bill Russell Introducing and playing with Bunk Johnson and an undated Kid Ory aircheck.
 

Fagan, Ted

Physical Description: 20 instantaneous discs

Related Archival Materials

See also the discs in the Ted Fagan Collection (ARS0008). 
 

Finnie, Anne Ackerman 1941-1956

Physical Description: 63 instantaneous discs

Related Archival Materials

Scope and Contents

Discs from Richard Sterling Finnie, donated by his widow. Finnie was a writer and producer who worked for Bechtel and traveled around the world making recordings for use in promotional films. He was also an enthusiastic home-recorder, with many hours of radio broadcasts in his collection. Most of the discs here are 1940s airchecks of popular music from WEAF, WABC, WNEW, and other stations, but there are also original field recordings of ethnic music from Lebanon, Venezula, Korea, and Trinidad, and folk music by Massachusetts pipline worker P.G. Spike Downes (mosty of which are also exist as tape transfers in the Finnie Collection).
 

Jacobsen, Arnold 1935-1959

Physical Description: 435 discs

Related Archival Materials

Scope and Contents

Arnold Jacobsen was a record collector and dealer with a specialization in popular music of the early-to-mid 20th century. The discs here reflect that broadness, and include many airchecks and transcriptions. There are also discs of Jacobsen's radio program The Memory Shop (named for his record store), audio letters he made while in the army, and several location recordings of temple services.
 

Kapfenberg, Eleanor 1944-1962

Physical Description: 254 discs

Scope and Contents

Kapfenberg's donation largely consists of pressed transcriptions, but there are also several location recordings of San Francisco Bay Area dance bands, such as John Wolohan Orchestra at the El Patio Ballroom in 1946-47 and the Jack Fina Orchestra at the Claremont Hotel in 1946. Most discs are in very poor condition.
 

Layer, Harold

Physical Description: 187 discs

Scope and Contents

Hal Layer is Professor Emeritus at San Francisco State University and a man of diverse interests (http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~hl/). His collection here includes CBS Symphony, NBC Symphony, and New York Philharmonic airchecks, WBBM broadcasts, Nat King Cole's Wildroot Cream Oil program, and many pressed transcriptions.
 

Lund, Jack

Physical Description: 19 instantaneous discs

Related Archival Materials

Scope and Contents

Most discs are a performance of Otello by the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Toscanini 12/6-13/1947.
 

Malloch, William (via Bill Doggett)

Physical Description: 53 instantaneous discs

Scope and Contents

Malloch was music director at KPFK, artistic director of the Ojai Music Festival, and a music teacher at UCLA. All discs from his collection are instantaneous-cut, and contain rare recordings of the NBC Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and other orchestral performances.
 

Moran, William R. 1936-1953

Physical Description: 20 instantaneous discs

Related Archival Materials

Scope and Contents

William Moran was a collector, researcher, writer, and discographer, particularly in the field of early sound recordings and vocal art music. Moran was one of the founders of the Archive of Recorded Sound, and he donated thousands of rare recordings and ephemera to the Archive until he passed away in 2004.
 

Quilter, Thomas J. 1935-1961

Physical Description: 193 discs

Scope and Contents

One of the largest single donations of transcriptions and instantaneous discs to the Archive. Among the many offerings: Standard Hour and Standard School Broadcasts ; AFRS discs stamped U.S.S. Antietam and Oneida ; Royal Hawaiian Minstrels on Stichting Radio Omroep [Netherlands] in 1949 ; several San Francisco Sketchbook programs on ABC 1951-1952 ; many Masterworks From France programs ; a KGO program on Socialism.
 

Rhines, Howard 1935-1952

Physical Description: 41 discs

Related Archival Materials

Scope and Contents

Howard Rhines was a composer, announcer and program director at Los Angeles classical radio station KFAC.
 

Schmidt, Harold 1948

Physical Description: 15 16" instantaneous discs

Related Archival Materials

This collection contains only 16" discs from Schmidt. Smaller-sized discs remain in the Harold Schmidt Collection (ARS0120). 

Scope and Contents

Schmidt was choral director and a professor of music at Stanford. These discs are primarily two sets of the Stanford Players' performance of Britten's Peter Grimes, May 27-29, 1948.
 

Schwabacher, Cynthia 1940-1953

Physical Description: 109 instantaneous discs

Related Archival Materials

Scope and Contents

Cynthia is the sister of singer and voice teacher James Schwabacher, and although the James Schwabacher Collection also contains lacquers, it would seem that their collections have been mixed to a certain degree. Nevertheless, the discs included here are probably all from Cynthia, and offer a remarkable snapshot of 1940s radio, including news, sports, comedy, and political programming.
 

Waggener, Hewitt (via Richard Gould) 1935-1965

Physical Description: 1524 instantaneous discs

Scope and Contents

Waggener was a saxophonist who ran a professional recording studio in Southern California, but spent much of his free time perfecting his home recording system. Almost all of these discs are air checks, most from stations KFI, KFAC, KFWB, and KCBH. Some of are from television programs. Waggener meticulously logged his recording setup on disc sleeves, but usually only wrote a few notes about what was being recorded. Many appear to be broadcasts of transcriptions or pre-recorded music, but there are undoubtedly many undiscovered and unique recordings in a donation of this magnitude.