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Armed Forces Radio Service collection of broadcast recordings

Title
Armed Forces Radio Service collection of broadcast recordings, 1942-1949.
Author
United States. Armed Forces Radio Service.
Supplementary Content
Collection guide

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Additional Authors
Description
ca. 750 sound discs : analog, 33 1/3 rpm; 16 in.
Uniform Title
  • Globe theater (Radio program)
  • Mail call (Radio program)
  • Words with music (Radio program)
Alternative Title
  • Command performance.
  • Music from America.
  • Yarns for Yanks.
Subject
Source (note)
  • Alan Hewitt Estate
Biography (note)
  • The Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) was an agency created in 1942 by the United States government to produce radio shows for broadcast to troops fighting overseas in World War II.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository in: *L(Special) 88-31
Provenance (note)
  • Major portions of the Armed Forces Radio Service collection were donated by the Alan Hewitt Estate.
  • Portions also donated by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee, among others.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
*L (Special) 88-31
Author
United States. Armed Forces Radio Service.
Title
Armed Forces Radio Service collection of broadcast recordings, 1942-1949.
Summary
The Armed Forces Radio Service collection of broadcast recordings consists of electrical transcription discs that the AFRS distributed for broadcast. The substantial portion of the collection consists of concert recordings of the Boston Symphony, NBC Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and other groups, from 1943 through 1945. Also included are selected episodes of a wide variety of other AFRS offerings, such as Globe theater, Mail call, Command performance, Yarns for Yanks, Words with music, and Music from America.
Biography
The Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) was an agency created in 1942 by the United States government to produce radio shows for broadcast to troops fighting overseas in World War II. Created mainly by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee, the AFRS produced and aired a wide variety of programs - comedy, informational, and dramatic programs, among others. The AFRS also aired edited versions of popular commercial radio programs.
The service was first centered in New York, but soon moved to Los Angeles, where many of its most famous programs were produced. Some of these were: Yarns for Yanks, Command performance, Mail call, and weekly broadcasts of concerts of many major American symphony orchestras. Many of the shows, such as Command performance and Mail call, relied on the donation of time and effort by major talent in show business, who thought of appearances on the programs as a way to contribute to the war effort.
The Armed Forces Radio Service continued producing shows after the end of World War II, and was restructured under the broader title of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in the late 1940's.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository in: *L(Special) 88-31
Provenance
Major portions of the Armed Forces Radio Service collection were donated by the Alan Hewitt Estate.
Portions also donated by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee, among others.
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Added Author
Lawrence, Jerome, 1915-2004.
Lee, Robert Edwin, 1918-1994.
Boston Symphony Orchestra.
NBC Symphony Orchestra.
New York Philharmonic.
Added Title
Globe theater (Radio program)
Mail call (Radio program)
Words with music (Radio program)
Command performance.
Music from America.
Yarns for Yanks.
Research Call Number
*L (Special) 88-31
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