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Guide to the ARS Audiotape Collection ARS.0070
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Sponsor
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Contents
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: ARS Audiotape Collection
    Dates: 1900-1991
    Collection number: ARS.0070
    Collection size: 15 boxes : 419 open reel tapes, 9 audiocassettes, 60 videocassettes
    Contributing Institution: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Abstract: Miscellaneous tape recordings, mostly small donations, that span the history of the Archive of Recorded Sound.
    Language of Material: Multiple languages


    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

    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.

    Indexing Terms

    Live sound recordings
    Radio programs