Scope and Contents
Title: James H. Love Collection
Collection number: ARS.0113
: 180 7" open reel tapes ; 8 videocassettes
Archive of Recorded Sound
Off-air radio and television recordings of classical music, jazz, and dramatic programs, as well as Love family home recordings.
Language of Material: English
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James H. Love Collection, ARS-0113. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford,
The James H. Love Collection was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by Robert Love and Ellen Whiddon in 2005.
This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Scope and Contents
The James H. Love Collection consists of off-air recordings from radio and television broadcasts, as well as informal home
recordings of the Love family and friends. Love, who also went by Jim or J.H., spent countless hours at his home in Ventura,
California listening to the radio (including stations KUSC, KPCC, KBCA, KPCC, KFAC, KPFA, and KLON) and recording programs,
editing out the advertisements and adding meticulously detailed notes. He also transferred commercial releases (78s, LPs and
even compact discs) to tape, and several reels contain these copies, along with the more unique content. Programs most represented
in the collection include the Keyboard Immortals series, St. Paul Sunday Morning, and the jazz show Strictly from Dixie, as
well as the televised dramas Upstairs, Downstairs and No Honestly, and a few high school sports events.
Among the home recordings of the Love family, there are Christmas celebrations, family reunions, family history interviews,
and audio snapshots of daily life, particularly from the early 1960s. The family were also avid amateur musicians, and Love
captured much of this musical activity with his microphone. James Love himself played the recorder, and there are several
tapes of him playing with a recorder trio and quartet. Love was a fan of 17-19th century chamber music (he once wrote "symphonic
music is ... for people who eat nothing but musical banana splits"), piano and piano rolls, as well as older jazz and pre-war
pop, and this is primarily the kinds of music featured in the collection. No complete contents listing is available; however,
a cursory outline of notable recordings is offered below.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Love, James H.