Scope and Contents
Title: Baker Collection of Wire Recordings
Collection number: ARS.0069
Baker, Michael H.
37 spools of wire recordings
Archive of Recorded Sound
37 off-air recordings, primarily of the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in the 1950s.
Language of Material: English
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Baker Collection of Wire Recordings, ARS-0069. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries,
The Baker Collection of Wire Recordings was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by Zachary Baker in 2005.
This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Scope and Contents
Wire recordings, primarily of classical performances from the 1950s, given to the archive by Zachary Baker, Judaica Hebraica
Curator at Stanford University Libraries. The collection belonged to his father, Michael H. Baker. Presumably recorded off
the radio by Mr. Baker, these wire recordings capture works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Bartok, Wagner, Verdi, Haydn and
others, performed almost entirely by the New York Philharmonic under the batons of Guido Cantelli, Bruno Walter, Arturo Toscanini,
and Dmitri Mitropoulos. Soloists include Jascha Heifetz, Robert Cassadesus, Artur Rubinstein, and Gregor Piatigorsky. There
are also three non-music recordings; the one regarding the Rosenberg case is a dub from a transcription of a radio play titled
"They Must Not Die", produced by the San Francisco Labor Theatre for the Bay Area Committee to Save the Rosenbergs circa 1952
or 1953. Notations on the boxes are indistinct, with some erasure. Spelling has been corrected when known (many are spelled
phonetically, as if jotted down from the radio). Different recordings of the same performances are known to have been released
commercially, but none in the collection appear to be copies of published releases.
Baker, Zachary M.