Guide to the Juris Svendsen Collection ARS.0011

Finding aid prepared by Ray Heigemeir.
Archive of Recorded Sound
Braun Music Center
541 Lasuen Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, California, 94305-3076
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The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Juris Svendsen Collection
Dates: 1960-1994
Collection number: ARS.0011
Creator: Svendsen, Juris
Collection size: 7 boxes: 94 open reel tapes, 34 audiocassettes
Repository: Archive of Recorded Sound
Abstract: Audio tapes of spoken word and musical performances, largely related to Bertolt Brecht and radical theater of the 1960s.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Juris Svendsen Collection, ARS-0011. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


The Juris Svendsen Collection was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by the estate of Juris Svendsen, January 1998.


Juris Svendsen was an actor, director, and Bertolt Brecht scholar. He directed and translated works for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, broadcast on KPFK in Berkeley, California and wrote criticism for various journals.

Arrangement note

Recordings in this collection are arranged by format. Series 1 contains audio cassettes and Series 2 contains reel to reel tapes. There is no chronological order.

Related Collections

Stanford University Library's Manuscripts Department also holds The Juris Martin Svendsen Papers, M1028.


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

Indexing Terms

Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956
Theatre--Study and Teaching (Higher)

Box 1

1. Audiocassettes

Physical Description: 34 audiocassettes

Scope and Contents note

14 unidentified, 13 musical performances (including works by Hanns Eisler), 6 spoken word, 1 memorial service (May 1994)

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Eisler, Hanns

2. Open reel tapes

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous music and poetry readings, including audio by Robert Creeley, Gail Chugg, Jack Spicer, Carl Weber, Lee Strasberg, and Ezra Pound.
Box 2, Box 3, Box 4

Unnumbered reels- mostly spoken word

Box 5

Svendsen-assigned numbers: #1-3, 5-15

Box 6

Svendsen-assigned numbers: #30-32 (plus two unnumbered)

Audio 7

Svendsen-assigned numbers: #16, 18-29, 34-49, 51-54, 57, 58