Scope and Contents
Title: Stanford Tape Collection
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1960-1980
Collection number: ARS.0112
Archive of Recorded Sound
: 317 open reel tapes (37 5" reels ; 200 7" reels ; 80 10.5" reels) ; 5 videocassettes ; 7 video reels ; 1 film (8mm) ;
2 compact discs ; one binder
Historic music and speech recordings on open reel tape, made on the campus of Stanford University.
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
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Stanford Tape Collection, ARS-0112. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford,
This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Scope and Contents
The Stanford Tape Collection consists of historic music and speech recordings made on the campus of Stanford University. Many
were used in the production of broadcasts by campus radio station KZSU. The Stanford Tape Collection is one of several artificially
assembled collections at the Archive of Recorded Sound, and it overlaps considerably with many other Stanford-related collections.
The majority of recordings are on open reel tape.
The spoken component of the collection consists of lectures, speeches (including a series of commencements), panel discussions,
committee meetings, poetry readings, interviews and news reports. Faculty and aministrators include Richard Lyman, J.E. Wallace
Sterling, Fred Terman, Wolfgang Panofsky, Carl Djerassi, Linus Pauling, Philip Zimbardo, Edward Ginzton (interviewed by Henry
Lowood), Diane Middlebrook, Janet Lewis, and William Shockley (from his infamous 1971 debate). Visiting speakers include such
figures as Muhammad Ali, Elie Weisel, Jane Goodall and Gunther Schuller, but there are many tapes from visiting lecture series
featuring leading scholars in a variety of disciplines.
There are also several recordings chronicling the political activity on campus during the volatile 1960s and 70s, including
actualities and accompanying commentary from rallies, sit-ins and demonstrations. Most tapes appear to have been recorded
by KZSU, and are likely edited for broadcast. Among the events covered are 1968's Interim Judicial Body Old Union Sit-in,
the Black Student Union Rally of 1971, a Laos Teach-In at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, also from 1971, and the Stanford Judicial
Council trial of Michael Holman, one of eight student activists subject to disciplinary action and suspension following the
disruption of a speech by Henry Cabot Lodge.
The other half of the collection is devoted to music-related recordings. There are performances of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra
with conductors Sandor Salgo and Andor Toth, as well as lectures and performances by faculty such as Putnam Aldrich, George
Houle, Harold Schmidt, Herbert Nanney, and Adolph Baller and the Alma Trio (although their provenance is unknown, there are
in fact a number of recordings from him present). Many of these tapes are from Stanford's Music Department, including lectures
from the Archive of Recorded Sound's Ed Colby, William Moran, Ted Fagan, and Barbara Eick. Several recordings were originally
music library or class reserves (identified by their "M-t" numbers) and may contain little or no Stanford-related content.
There are also recorded presentations from meetings of the Music Library Association and the Association for Recorded Sound
Collections. Additionally, some tapes feature performances by touring or off-campus local groups, such as a concert of Indian
music, the Ghana Dance Ensemble, and the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra.
Although there are some programs and other notes enclosed in tape boxes, most of the tapes are minimally annotated, and many
appear to have been recycled, possibly with older material on other tracks. Over the course of time, some tape boxes and reels
may have been mixed up as well (particularly within the Baller series). This may explain some confusing or conflicting information.
Transcripts were apparently made of many recordings; however, their whereabouts are presently unknown.