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Guide To the Stanford Speech Collection ARS.0022
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Sponsor
  • Scope and Contents
  • Related Collections
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Stanford Speech Collection
    Dates: 1953-1973
    Collection number: ARS.0022
    Collection size: 25 boxes : 1058 open reel tapes (565 7" reels ; 365 5" reels ; 128 10.5" reels)
    Repository: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Abstract: The Stanford Speech Collection consists of audio recordings on open reel tape of speeches, lectures, and panel discussions at or sponsored by Stanford University from the 1950s through the 70s.
    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

    Stanford Speech Collection, ARS-0022. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


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

    Scope and Contents

    The Stanford Speech Collection consists of audio recordings on open reel tape of speeches, lectures, and panel discussions at or sponsored by Stanford University from the 1950s through the 70s. The majority of lectures took place on the Stanford campus, at venues such as Memorial, Cubberly, and Dinkelspiel Auditoriums, Memorial Church, Green Library's Bender Room, and the Tressider Union. Some recordings are Stanford-related but taped elsewhere, such as a panel discussion on Berkeley's KPFA, as well as recordings from Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Tokyo. Although there are many recordings of Stanford faculty, in many cases the speaker was a guest lecturer. Many are introduced or followed by remarks by faculty.
    A wide variety of disciplines are represented in the speeches, including English literature, economics, political science, biology, religion, education, history, and foreign policy. Overall themes that emerge from this collection include civil rights, arms control, theology in the modern world, and space exploration.
    Many recordings were produced and edited for broadcast on campus radio station KSZU (especially those tapes from 1969-1971). However, the administrative entity or entities responsible for making recordings either did so sporadically or did not include all the tapes in this accession, as entire years are unrecorded. For instance, there are no tapes from 1957, and while there are extensive tapes from 1963 and 1964, the number of recordings drops significantly after 1965. There are only a handful from 1966 and 1967, but several from the 1970-1971 period. As might be expected given the political climate, towards the late sixties the recordings tend to focus on more contemporary, Stanford-related issues.
    A series of card files resides at the Archive featuring the collection described alphabetically by subject, by genre, and as a straight shelf-list. The genre file is divided into Speech, News Events, Interviews, Panel Discussions, Fiction, Plays, Poetry, and Music. Unfortunately this list is somewhat incomplete (for instance, only three are listed under music). It should be noted that some tapes contain more than one program. All tapes have been assigned unique numbers prior to accession. The recording date is encoded in the first number (i.e. 620515 = May 15, 1962), and the following S number indicates the number of parts or reels.
    The following is a list of some notable recordings in this collection: presidents J.E. Wallace Sterling and Kenneth Pitzer in commencements, convocations, speeches, and remarks ; several Founders' Day Distinguished Alumna Lectures ; speeches from several other lecture series (such as Harry Camp, Leon Sloss, and the Tuesday Evening Series) ; faculty such as Wolfgang Panofsky, Fred Terman, Linus Pauling, Richard Lyman (also as provost), Philip Zimbardo, and Putnam Aldrich ; poetry readings by Yvor Winters and Robert Frost (the latter introduced by Wallace Stegner) ; Herbert Hoover speaking in 1962, and memorialized in a KQED panel discussion 1964 ; Ralph Gleason 1961 ; Gus Hall [leader of American Communist Party] ; George Lincoln Rockwell [American Nazi Party] 1964 ; Henry Kissinger 1964 ; Arnold Toynbee ; Robert Moses, SNCC 4/24/64 ; Hal Draper re: Free Speech Movement 1964 ; Clair Booth Luce 1964 ; Sterling, John F. Kennedy memorial service 11/24/63 ; Gerald Ford 1965 ; Sally and Lee Sweetland interviewed by Al Block and Edward E. Colby 3/1/1965 ; many recordings of political activities such as the April 3 Movement sit-ins and strikes to protest the academic council, Board of Trustees, SRI, ROTC, the Interim Judicial Board, Vietnam, etc. 1968-1970 ; Francis Crick 1969 ; Joseph Alioto 1969 ; Barry Goldwater 1969 ; Margaret Mead 1969 ; student body meeting re: SRI 1969 ; Pre-Moratorium meeting 10/15/1969 [KZSU broadcast, Includes music by the Bernie Trilling trio, Dale Meade, and Mimi Farina and Julie Payne] ; William F. Buckley 1969 ; William Kunstler 1970 ; Huey P. Newton birthday rally 2/16/1970 [speeches by Charles Garry and Joseph Hardegree, with singing by Elaine Brown] ; Tom Hayden and Abbie Hoffman re: Chicago Seven 1970 ; Black Students Union rally 5/11/70 ; Jerry Rubin ; The Underground Press: Federal Communications Commission Investigation of Campus Radio Stations 1971 ; Milton Babbitt 1973.

    Related Collections

    The Archive of Recorded Sound holds many Stanford-related collections with non-musical content. Among them are the Stanford Tape Collection (ARS0112) , Preservation Master Tape Collection (ARS0097) , Stanford Program for Recordings in Sound Collection (ARS0104) , KZSU Collection (ARS0062) , and the Meyer Library Lecture Tapes (ARS0116).  Stanford University Archives holds the Project South transcripts in KZSU Project South Interviews (SC066). 

    Indexing Terms

    Stanford University.