Scope and Contents
Title: Al Block Broadcast Collection
Collection number: ARS.077
: 35 open reel tapes
Archive of Recorded Sound
Open reel tapes containing off-air recordings from the late 1940s through the mid-50s, particularly of Toscanini conducting
the NBC Symphony Orchestra.
Language of Material: English
Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive for
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.
Al Block Broadcast Collection, ARS-0077. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries,
The Al Block Broadcast Collection was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by Al Block.
This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Scope and Contents
The Al Block Broadcast Collection consists of open reel tapes containing off-air recordings from the late 1940s through the
mid-50s, particularly of Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra. There is little information enclosed about the performances,
outside of principle performers and the date of broadcast; however, most of these programs have likely been documented elsewhere.
The numbering for the programs was assigned by Block. Discrepancies between box and reel information imply that some boxes
were mixed up over the years. The Toscanini recordings appear to have been originally made by a recording engineer at Westinghouse
who had a direct line feed from the NBC studio console. His widow was contacted by a Toscanini collector, who then passed
on copies (recorded at 7.5 ips half-track mono) to the donor.
Toscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957
NBC Symphony Orchestra.
Live sound recordings