Guide to the James H. Love Collection ARS.0113

Finding aid prepared by Franz Kunst
Archive of Recorded Sound
Braun Music Center
541 Lasuen Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, California, 94305-3076
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Descriptive Summary

Title: James H. Love Collection
Dates: 1958-1995
Collection number: ARS.0113
Collection size: 6 boxes : 180 7" open reel tapes ; 8 videocassettes
Repository: Archive of Recorded Sound
Abstract: 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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Preferred Citation

James H. Love Collection, ARS-0113. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


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.
Radio programs

Box 1

Box 1 Highlights

Scope and Contents

U.S. Navy Band National Concert Tour [printed label, 5" reel] ; St. Paul Sunday Morning programs 1987-88 KUSC ; accumulated Portastudio recordings: Short, soprano and tenor, Love, tenor and bass ; Christmas party at Jeanne Wolgemuth's house 12/22/86: Marion Short, recorder and voice ; Jim Love, recorders, Jeanne, piano ; old English folk song, arr. and played by J.H. Love ; Oliver Reardon, playing from memory 5/23/87. Age 83, blind, friend for 52 years. Trained in Paris 1920s from pupil of Albeniz ; Chuck Cecil, Big Band program on KPCC 10-1988 ; St. Matthew Passion from Leipzig 3/21/85 off-air ; Christmas at King's College, from TV 1990 ; Jim Love Plays ukulele 1975 ; J.H. Love reminiscences of Walt Forgacs 1975 ; J.H. Love Mozart Rondo ; Rehearsals, Jeanne Wolgemuth, piano, Marion Short, recorder ; Jim Love, recorder ; Budapest Quartet, George Szell. Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart 1944-46 ; White House Segovia broadcast 3/11/1979 ; KUSC Theatre ; NPR Magazine ; Schubert Program from UCLA ; Ranch Discussion 1960, Ranch 1961, Kathy On Camp 1962 ; Kids perform. Ellen Piano, Dad guitar and uke. Summer 1958 ; Family at lunch, Ellen plays two piano pieces, Robbie and Ellen perform, Ellen plays Mozart ; Xmas 1959 kids rush in ; Ellen and Pat piano and harmonica with dad on recorder on some 1960, East End Orchestra with Betty Love 1960 ; Brownie songs, Rob, Ellen, Dad 1959. Rob, age 6, sings Harry Lauder 1959 ; Cleveland Orchestra Handel Program ; Minnesota Orchestra 1985 ; Haslemere Festival 1959, Dolmetsch Ensemble lecture/recital ; Ellen, Rob, Dad Xmas program 1959 ; Ellen, Rob and Dad discuss LA department stores 1960 ; Keyboard Immortals KFAC 1968 ; Evening at the Pops, International Performance 1974 ; Ampico piano rolls ; KCET Wolf Trap Jazz program 1979. Pete Fountain, Al Hirt ; Recorder Trio: Jeanne Wolgemuth, Marion Short, Jim Love 1986
Box 2

Box 2 Highlights

Scope and Contents

Chase and Sanborn old clips 1966 ; NET Playhouse, KCET TV ; Ventura Recorder Quartet 1963. Robbie, Ellen, Betty, Jim ; Ellen, harpsichord, Steinway, Kimball upright. Ellen, Rob singing, Jim on plastic ukulele. Fred Greenough, violin (was concertmaster at Yellowstone Park, 1935). Jim Love, guitar. Rehearsal for variety show at Carpinteria High School 1963 ; Dinner table conversation 1965 ; Ellen plays Haydn, Bach, and Ellen and Dad play gay Nineties music with piano and whistle 1963 ; KPFA 1961 The World of Nisei, Two Voices of Ancient Japan ; Mommy's last PTA program and Ellen's first public performance with 3rd-4th grade orchestra 1961 ; Masterpiece Theatre: Upstairs, Downstairs ; No, Honestly 1975-1976 ; Xmas 1962. Ellen's AM/FM radio ; Ellen plays, four days after new harpsichord came 1964 ; First broadcast from LA's new Music Center 12/8/1964. Mehta, LA Philharmonic, Wagner Chorale. Beethoven 9th ; Recorder Trio master. Ventura East-End Whistle Stoppers 1977 Murphy, Pettit, Love ; Tascam 246 Portastudio recordings: J. Love, Marion Short ; Piano rolls taped off the air ; Ventura High vs. Oxnard High 1970 ; Keyboard Immortals KFAC 1967-8 ; KCET TV 1974 Shall We Have a King ; Lincoln Center Chamber program 1987 ; St. Paul Sunday ; Xmas morning 1963 ; BBC Early Organs of Europe ; Bessie Smith, KPFK ; Dad plays numbered pieces ; Pete Seeger interview, Hollywood High School concert excerpts 5/13/60 ; Grandpa Bobby Talks 1958, Dinner Table Ellen, Rob ; Robbie's interview with Congressman Teague 1963 ; Fred Greenough, Jim Love 1963 ; Xmas 1961 ; Marion Short, Betty Murphy, James Love recorder trio practice 1985 ; Canadian Brass live Ottawa ; Oliver Reardon program ; KUSC Opera Box 1978 ; Jazz, KBCA 1973 ; Elizabeth Schwarzkopf Special KCET TV 1967 ; Swedish Radio Orchestra concert ; Masterpiece Radio Theatre 1979 ; high school basketball, Santa Barbara, Camarillo 1970
Box 3

Box 3 Highlights

Scope and Contents

Sunday Music LA ; St. Paul Sunday Morning ; James Galway with Chieftains, Mancini Orchestra from TV ; Taverner Consort Choir and Players ; Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus Christmas ; Jim Cullum's Band. Memories of Jack Teagarden, with Bob Havens and Dan Barrett, trombones. Also with Jay McShann, piano KUSC 1991 ; Thistle and Shamrock ; King's Singers at Yale KUSC 1981, Christmas Card 1985 ; Scarlatti 300th Birthday Recital ; Betty Boyd Love Memorial 8/22/74 ; Slatkin, Philadelphia Orchestra. Von Weber, Schumann. Tape Source on Radio ; Pipe Dreams programs 1989 ; High Performances program 1989 ; Pianist Jules Chaloff in Ampico rolls and interview ; KPFK Thomas Mann lectures, Tenor of the Times ; Keyboard Immortals 1967-69 (notes Chopin's Polonaise op.40 no.1 as "one of the pieces played by a girl music student and heard through the window as I was sketching for art class in the Greek Theatre of Owensworth (now Canoga Park) High School in 1923") ; Nova 1976 ; Upstairs, Downstairs 1976 ; Love Family Xmas greeting to Katie and Steve 1973 ; KBCA Strictly from Dixie 1973 ; KUSC 1987 Library of Congress Beaux Arts Trio ; Deutsch Welle Classical Showcase, Concert Hour ; Recorders. Murette Henderson, Bob Henderson, Bill Styver, J.H. Love 1960 ; Ellen plays violin and piano 1961
Box 4

Box 4 Highlights

Scope and Contents

KPFK Chapel, Court, and Countryside. The Violin in Musical History 1979 ; Murphy, Love and Short. Shostakovich, Holst. Master ; Upstairs, Downstairs 1975 ; Welte Piano Rolls 1969 ; 1986 Xmas Party at Wolgemuths. Jeanne, Marion, Jim ; Love Family History 1954. Annie C. Love, James M. Love ; St. Paul Sunday Morning KUSC 1987, 1995 ; Horowitz 1966 Carnegie Hall concert, on CBS television 2/1/68 ; Ice Station Zebra, Library of Congress Talking Book (16 2/3 speed discs) ; Requiem for KFAC 9/21/89 (after 49 years) KCRW [copy of thank you note by Love enclosed] ; NPR, Disappearing Farm Land in Ventura County 1980 ; Bruce Johnston interview 1976 ; Jazz Alive. Grappelli, Grisman 1978 ; The Scholars, Yugoslavia 1977 recorded by Radio Yugoslavia ; Ellen, Girl Scouts. Rob, Armed Forces Day 1962 ; Betty's Family Reunion. Ellen and Bobby play current piano pieces 1962 ; Interviews Paul Satterfield, Pam Moore 1974 ; KBCA Strictly from Dixie, Benson Curtis 1974 ; Salzburg Festival 1959 ; Welte Piano Rolls, Brahms' Short Works 1969 ; Keyboard Immortals 1967-8 ; Upstairs, Downstairs 1975 ; The Best of Evening At Pops ; Swingle Sisters retrospective, recorded off-air 1979 ; UCLA Schubert Program Part 2 3/20/79 ; Natalie Cole remembers her father, from TV ; Haslemere Festival 1960 ; Xmas 1966. Oliver Reardon plays Scarlatti on harpsichord. Ellen Sunday afternoon piano ; Ma, Bobby Visit 1962 "All Ventura bomb shelters filled with rain last winter- people not so excited now. Bobby could live for several months on canned food. Betty reports Russ Wright intends to put only temporary fillings in his patients because of the bomb threat. Evacuation plan for Ventura kids described by Betty" [from notes on tape box] ; Royal Wedding CBS TV 7/29/81. Intr, pt.3 Kathy Love part of Royal Wedding choir- CBS Morning Show 7/27/81 ; Dinu Lipatti, Besancon 1950
Box 5

Box 5 Highlights

Scope and Contents

BBC Portrait of H.G. Wells. reminiscences from J.B. Priestly, Bertrand Russell, Sir Julian Huxley ; Keyboard Immortals 1967-8 ; KBCA Strictly from Dixie, Benson Curtis 1974-5 ; Upstairs, Downstairs 1977 ; Eubie Blake, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 4/1977 Public Radio KLON Long Beach ; Soundstage, The World of John Hammond 1975 ; No, Honestly ; piano rolls ; Royal Wedding CBS TV 7/29/81 pts.1,2,4 ; Family reel: 1962-3 R.E. and dad play sax, fiddle, etc. Recorder concert. Robbie, Mommy, Ellen, Dad. Best performance ; Guarnieri Quartet live radio KUSC 12/17/87 ; Masterpiece Theatre ; Bobby Hackett in memoriam 1976 ; Duke Ellington at Carnegie Hall (Jazz Revisited) ; David Perry in concert ; KUSC Theatre ; Chase and Sanborn 100th Anniversary Show 1964, 101st Anniversary 1965 ; Jazz Alive, KLON 1978. Black Eagle Jazz Band, Night Blooming Jazzmen ; Jazz Revisited KLON 1978 ; White House Jazz Festival KLON 1978 ; In Performance at Wolf Trap
Box 6

Box 6 Highlights

Physical Description: 8 videocassettes

Scope and Contents

L.A. Philharmonic with fireworks and deaf percussionist ; Victor Borge 80th Birthday ; Nova: What Is Music? ; Saving Old Films and Radio Shows ; Duke Ellington Career Pt.1 ; Big Bands ; Old Jazz Combos ; Bing Crosby ; Tribute to Paul McCartney (Boston Pops)