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Guide to the Golden Voices (Radio Program) Tapes, 1964-1968.
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Golden Voices (Radio Program) Tapes,
    Date (inclusive): 1964-1968.
    Collection number: PA Mss 29
    Creator: Boucher, Anthony, 1911-1968.
    Extent: 170 open reel tape recordings
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: Tapes of Anthony Boucher's "Golden Voices" radio program devoted to early 20th century singers, aired on the Pacifica Network from 1964-1968.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    Golden Voices (Radio Program) Tapes, PA Mss 29, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated 2001, Pacifica Radio Archives.


    Anthony Boucher (born 1911 as William Anthony Parker White in Oakland, California) was best known as the mystery novel critic for the New York Times. An incredibly talented individual with broad-ranging interests, Boucher produced a weekly radio program "Golden Voices" for Pacifica station KPFA in Berkeley, California from 1949 until his death in 1968.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    Anthony Boucher produced a weekly radio program for Pacifica station KPFA in Berkeley California from the year Pacifica was founded in 1949 until his death in 1968. The show focused on the singers from the "Golden Age" of singing, primarily the acoustic years of the phonograph from 1900 until the mid 1920s.
    This collection contains 170 tapes with approximately 214 shows spanning the years 1964-1968. It is unknown if prior years were not taped or if they were not saved. There is some dupliction of shows in the collection. Original Pacifica master tapes (donated by Pacifica Radio Archives in 2001) contained one program each, while dubbed tapes (originally acquired with the Boucher collection) held two shows each. Only Pacifica masters have been kept unless there was no master in which case the dub was kept. In some cases, there was a master for one of the shows on a dub, and both were kept, resulting in two copies of a show in the collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Radio programs.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Sound recordings.

    Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Pacifica Radio.

    Related Collections

    Boucher's collection of 78 rpm recordings and the collection amassed after his death by his wife, Phyllis White, are both owned by UCSB and are cataloged in Pegaus.
    Boucher's papers are held by the Lilly Library at Indiana University.