Personal papers and collection of discographer, author, and philanthropist William R. Moran. Collection includes sound recordings,
photographs, and ephemera as well as manuscripts and research files, including files on singers and correspondence with singers,
discographers and others.
William Rodes Moran (1919-2006) studied and wrote about opera recordings for his whole life and was an acknowledged expert
on the opera recordings of the recording of many early singers, especially those that recorded for Victor Records. With Ted
Fagan, Moran founded the Victor Project, a comprehensive discography of the Victor Talking Machine Company from 1900 to 1955.
In addition to his discographical work William Moran worked for Union Oil as an exploration geologist, retiring as Vice President
for Exploration of Molycorp in 1985. From 1956 to 1989 William was Associate Editor of the American Association of Petroleum
84 linear feet
(169 document boxes, 15 flat boxes)
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
The collection is open for research.