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Finding Aid for the Brian Laird collection of readings by Lawrence Clark Powell, 1975-1998
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Brian Laird collection of readings by Lawrence Clark Powell
    Date (inclusive): 1975-1998
    Collection number: 1277
    Creators: Laird, Brian Andrew Powell, Lawrence Clark
    Extent: 1 document box (.5 linear ft.) 2 shoe boxes.
    Abstract: Audio recordings and videotapes of Lawrence Clark Powell's readings of Blue Train, Glowing Heart of the World, and Lawrence Clark Powell's Southwest, which were recorded from 1996 through 1998. Powell (1906-2001) was the UCLA Librarian from 1944-1961 and a prolific author on a variety of topics, including California history, the Southwest, librarianship, and literature.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Brian Laird, September 10, 2005.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Amelia Acker and Kelley Bachli in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), 2009.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Brian Laird collection of readings by Lawrence Clark Powell (Collection 1277). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6360827 

    Biography

    Brian Laird is an author, attorney, and law professor who produced books on tape and videotaped recordings of readings by Lawrence Clark Powell (1906-2001), a prominent author and university librarian at UCLA. In the late 1990s, Laird produced audio collections of Glowing Heart of the World and Lawrence Clark Powell's Southwest which were published by Singing Wind Audio. Laird also recorded Powell reading his novel, The Blue Train, but due to Powell's death, the readings were not edited or published.

    Scope and Content

    The collection is comprised of audio recordings and videotapes of Lawrence Clark Powell's readings of Blue Train, Glowing Heart of the World, and Lawrence Clark Powell's Southwest, which were recorded from 1996 through 1998. The collection also contains production documents for the published audio books, clippings about Lawrence Clark Powell and the books' publisher, Winifred "Winn" Bundy, owner of Singing Wind bookstore and Singing Wind Audio, and additional recordings of readings by Powell.
    Two of the audio books were published under the titles, the Glowing Heart of the World (1998) and Lawrence Clark Powell's Southwest (1997). The essays featured in Glowing Heart of the World also appeared in Powell's book Southwest Classics (1974). In Glowing Heart of the World, Powell provides an afterword and reads 20 classic works of authors of the American Southwest, including Mary Austin, Willa Cather, Zane Grey, Charles Lummis, Edward Santee, and Steward Edward White. Based on Powell's book Southwest, Three Definitions, the audio book Lawrence Clark Powell's Southwest contains music by Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico. Also in the collection are unedited and unpublished recordings of Powell reading his book The Blue Train, which was written in 1941 and published in 1977.
    The clippings in the collection primarily focus on Lawrence Clark Powell, his career in librarianship, and his published works. They also include articles about Winifred "Winn" Bundy, owner of the Singing Wind bookstore in Benson, Arizona. Bundy is the publisher of Powell's audio books and many of his later print books through her company Singing Wind Audio. The production documents consist of copyright agreements for Lawrence Clark Powell's Southwest and proofs for the packaging of Glowing Heart of the World and Lawrence Clark Powell's Southwest.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Materials in the collection did not have a discernible order. Therefore, the collection was organized into five series by project:
    1. Clippings
    2. The Blue Train
    3. Glowing Heart of the World
    4. Lawrence Clark Powell's Southwest
    5. Miscellaneous Recordings

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Laird, Brian Andrew--Archives.

    Related Material

    Helen Amestoy Collection of Materials on Lawrence Clark Powell 1957-1998 (Collection 796)  . Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
    Lawrence Clark Powell Papers (Collection 229)  . Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.