Scope and Contents
Title: Ed Wilkinson Collection
Collection number: ARS.0092
: 71 tapes (sixty 10.5" reels ; eleven 7" reels)
Archive of Recorded Sound
The Ed Wilkinson Collection consists of classical and opera performance broadcasts of the 1930s and 40s on open reel tape,
the majority of which from the Standard Symphony Hour series.
Language of Material: Multiple languages
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
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Ed Wilkinson Collection, ARS-0092. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford,
The Ed Wilkinson Collection was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by Ed Wilkinson in 1983.
This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Scope and Contents
The Ed Wilkinson Collection consists of seventy-two audiotape copies of radio programs of classical music and opera from 1934
to 1953. The collection, which was transferred by Wilkinson to tape in 1983, features the Standard Symphony Hour series (also
known as the Standard Hour), the Metropolitan Opera, and the San Francisco Symphony and Opera. Various sources were used to
assemble the programs. Each tape box has extensive technical and content notes.
Collector Ed Wilkinson was associated with the Western Sound Archive, a nonprofit archive founded by Nate Brown in Los Osos,
California. Both Brown and Wilkinson share a long association with the Archive of Recorded Sound, and have donated many rare
recordings. At one point, the Western Sound Archive was considered the source of nearly all circulating Standard Hour broadcasts.
These Standard Hour programs comprise the majority of the Wilkinson collection. Many were dubbed from original network transcription
discs once owned by Adrian Michaelis, program manager for the series. Other sources for the program are noted as NBC linechecks,
Photo And Sound airchecks, and from other tapes. The Archive also holds many of the original NBC discs for Standard Hour in
its transcription collection.
Orchestras include the Standard Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Vocal
soloists include Lotte Lehmann, Blanche Thebom, Lily Pons, Maggie Teyte, Dusolina Giannini, Jussi Bjoerling, and Bidu Sayao.
Among the instrumental soloists are Joseph Szigeti, Robert Casadesus, Isaac Stern, and Artur Schnabel. The collection also
contains some unusual performances by Yehudi Menuhin, such as a Stage Door Canteen broadcast from 1943 and a Town Hall concert
with Wanda Landowska from 1944.
Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.). Orchestra.
Standard Hour Program (Radio program).