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Guide to the James H. Love Collection ARS.0113
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James H. Love Collection
    Dates: 1958-1995
    Collection number: ARS.0113
    Collection size: 6 boxes : 180 7" open reel tapes ; 8 videocassettes
    Repository: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Abstract: Off-air radio and television recordings of classical music, jazz, and dramatic programs, as well as Love family home recordings.
    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

    James H. Love Collection, ARS-0113. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    The James H. Love Collection was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by Robert Love and Ellen Whiddon in 2005.


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

    Scope and Contents

    The James H. Love Collection consists of off-air recordings from radio and television broadcasts, as well as informal home recordings of the Love family and friends. Love, who also went by Jim or J.H., spent countless hours at his home in Ventura, California listening to the radio (including stations KUSC, KPCC, KBCA, KPCC, KFAC, KPFA, and KLON) and recording programs, editing out the advertisements and adding meticulously detailed notes. He also transferred commercial releases (78s, LPs and even compact discs) to tape, and several reels contain these copies, along with the more unique content. Programs most represented in the collection include the Keyboard Immortals series, St. Paul Sunday Morning, and the jazz show Strictly from Dixie, as well as the televised dramas Upstairs, Downstairs and No Honestly, and a few high school sports events.
    Among the home recordings of the Love family, there are Christmas celebrations, family reunions, family history interviews, and audio snapshots of daily life, particularly from the early 1960s. The family were also avid amateur musicians, and Love captured much of this musical activity with his microphone. James Love himself played the recorder, and there are several tapes of him playing with a recorder trio and quartet. Love was a fan of 17-19th century chamber music (he once wrote "symphonic music is ... for people who eat nothing but musical banana splits"), piano and piano rolls, as well as older jazz and pre-war pop, and this is primarily the kinds of music featured in the collection. No complete contents listing is available; however, a cursory outline of notable recordings is offered below.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Love, James H.
    Radio programs