Scope and Contents
Title: ARS Audiotape Collection
Collection number: ARS.0070
: 419 open reel tapes, 9 audiocassettes, 60 videocassettes
Archive of Recorded Sound
Miscellaneous tape recordings, mostly small
donations, that span the history of the Archive of Recorded Sound.
Language of Material:
Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance
of intended use. Contact the Archive for assistance.
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.
ARS Audiotape Collection, ARS-0070. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded
Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National
Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Most recordings are described under the series marked "Miscellaneous" according to
format and reel size. Some recordings with more distinct provenenance are listed
alphabetically by main name or subject associated with it.
Scope and Contents
The ARS Audiotape Collection consists of audio recordings on tape from small
donations with limited documentation and context. In a sense, this group of
recordings represents the history of the Archive of Recorded Sound and its role both
on the Stanford campus and in the greater community of collectors and researchers.
The diversity of content here is beyond a simple listing: radio programs, recitals
and performances, interviews, actualities, transfers of rare historical recordings,
theater production sound effects, even arguably negligible personal recordings (such
as "Craig's Trumpet 6th Grade" and "Clinical Medical Electronics Narration"). Some
are transfers of a donor's originals which may not exist or be traceable today. Many
tapes are stamped Archive of Recorded Sound, or Music Library; these were teaching
tools and reserve listening for classes. Unsurprisingly, many tapes are minimally
annotated. Spelling has been corrected and expanded when reasonably certain, and
brackets have been used for guesses. Also, it is important to note that none of this
material has been verified by listening. This finding aid is a work in progress, and
tapes will be added or removed as it develops.
Among the many fascinating recordings listed here: Martin Luther King speaking at
Grace Cathedral in San Francisco less than a week after the last Selby march; King
George V's 25th Jubilee Address in 1935, originally recorded on an aluminum disc;
Queen Elizabeth's coronation ceremonies from a local broadcast in 1953; songs of the
Berkeley Free Speech Movement ; the (unpublished) voices of Albert Schweitzer, Lee
De Forest, Dylan Thomas, Ogden Nash, Robert Frost, and Pablo Neruda; Lt. Commander
Richard Stratton's POW confession in Vietnam; interviews with the Chicago Seven in
1970; Country Joe and the Fish outakes from the KQED studios in 1967; Emperor Franz
Joseph speaking into Poulson's telegramophone in 1900; Duke Ellington recorded at
Basin Street West in 1965 for use in the documentary "Love You Madly;" Marian
Anderson in personal recordings made for RCA and in an interview at the United
Nations in 1976; President Kennedy speaking with the Nigerian Prime Minister as the
first satellite communication in 1963; a series of interviews with early airplane
pilots; audio from television specials from Tony Bennett, Ann-Margret and Nancy
Sinatra 1967-1868; Russian Molokan Church Music recorded in Potrero Hill, San
Francisco in the early 1950s.
Live sound recordings