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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Roy A. Long Collection
    Dates: 1952-1980
    Collection number: ARS.0086
    Creator: Long, Roy A.
    Collection Size: 6 boxes : 132 open reel tapes
    Repository: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Abstract: Open reel tape recordings from approximately 1952 through 1980, including various performances from Stanford University, as well as pipe organ music, live jazz and big band music, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, and a steel drum band in Antigua, all recorded by donor Roy Long.
    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

    Roy A. Long Collection, ARS-0086. 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 Roy A. Long Collection consists of open reel tape recordings from approximately 1952 through 1980, featuring performances from the Stanford University Music Department, as well as pipe organ music, live jazz, and a variety of other music, all recorded by donor Roy Long, of Palo Alto, California. Long was a graduate of Stanford and an engineer at the Stanford Research Institute. Among the Stanford material are recitals and church services (featuring Sandor Salgo, Herbert Nanney, Putney Aldrich, the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, and the University Chorus), the Men's Glee Club, and Tresidder Memorial Concerts. There are recordings of pipe organ at Stanford, Grace Cathedral, and Holy Trinity Church in Menlo Park, as well as organs in San Jose, Fresno, Los Angeles and elsewhere. In his travels, Long recorded the Hell's Gate Steel Band in Antigua, West Indies in 1956, and a band in Niuafo'ou, Tonga. Other local performances Long captured include the 1965 Carmel Bach Festival and the 1958 Monterey Jazz Festival, and several by the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. Jazz musicians in the collection include Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Harry James, Stan Kenton, and Louis Armstrong. Although many of these tapes are undated, at least some appear to be unique live performances recorded locally by Long, such as Woody Herman at the Tin Pan Alley in Redwood City, California. An additional donation of transfers on optical disc overlaps with these tapes, and this is noted when known. Programs and recording notes are inserted into some tape boxes. Despite that fact, the majority of tapes are minimally annotated, and may only be identified for certain after audition.


    The Roy A. Long Collection was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by Roy A. Long in December 2008.

    Indexing Terms

    Aldrich, Putnam
    Carmel Bach Festival.
    Hell's Gate Steel Drum Orchestra.
    Monterey Jazz Festival.
    Nanney, Herbert, 1918-1996
    Salgo, Sandor
    Stanford Symphony Orchestra.
    Stanford University. Dept. of Music.
    Live sound recordings
    Organ music
    Steel drum music