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Guide to the David Reffkin Ragtime Machine Collection ARS.0121
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: David Reffkin Ragtime Machine Collection
    Dates: 1981-2007
    Collection number: ARS.0121
    Creator: Reffkin, David
    Collection size: 71 boxes : 1332 tapes stored "pancake" in 10.5" boxes
    Reopository: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Abstract: The Ragtime Machine was a weekly one-hour radio program about ragtime music, produced and hosted by David Reffkin and broadcast on the University of San Francisco's station KUSF. The collection contains all programs from 1981 to 2007, as well as program logs describing their contents, including guests interviewed and songs played.
    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 assistance.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    David Reffkin Ragtime Machine Collection, ARS-0121. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    The David Reffkin Ragtime Machine Collection was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by David Reffkin in 2005.


    This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Scope and Contents

    Ragtime authority David Reffkin is a researcher, author, and musician. The Ragtime Machine was a radio program about ragtime music, produced and hosted by Reffkin on University of San Francisco radio station KUSF beginning in 1981. The show, which is not currently broadcast (due to the university having sold the station's frequency in early 2011), featured live and recorded performances and interviews, some of which were transcribed and published in the magazine Mississippi Rag. Notable guests featured on the program include Rudi Blesh, Sam and Ann Charters, Patricia Lamb Conn (Joseph Lamb's daughter), Phil Elwood, Donita Fowler (Scott Joplin's niece), Johnny Guarnieri, John Hasse, Dick Hyman, David Jasen, Carl Sonny Leyland, Johnny Maddox, Bob Milne, Mike Montgomery, Max Morath, Joan Morris, Wally Rose, Lalo Schifrin, Gunther Schuller, Ed Sprankle, Butch Thompson, Trebor Tichenor, Craig Ventresco, Ian Whitcomb, and Dick Zimmerman. There are 1350 hour-long programs on 1332 tapes in the collection, which is complete through July 2007; however, the tapes were also transferred to compact disc by Reffkin prior to accession. Programs are numbered, and a copy of the complete program logs is on file in the Archive.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ragtime machine (Radio program).
    Radio programs
    Ragtime music