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A.F.R. Lawrence collection of historical spoken word

Title
A.F.R. Lawrence collection of historical spoken word [sound recording], 1900-1970.
Author
Lawrence, A. F. R.

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Description
ca. 3400 sound recordings.
Subjects
Note
  • Accompanying material for portions of the collection on file.
Access (note)
  • Access to discs restricted ; advance notification required.
Biography (note)
  • A. F. R. Lawrence was an avid record collector and worked at Columbia Records.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in *L(Special) 89-21.
Processing Action (note)
  • Accessioned
Call Number
*L (Special) 89-21
Author
Lawrence, A. F. R., collector.
Title
A.F.R. Lawrence collection of historical spoken word [sound recording], 1900-1970.
Access
Access to discs restricted ; advance notification required.
Summary
The collection contains both commercial and noncommercial discs and tapes. The commercial recordings include the complete set of Nation's Forum discs, Benito Mussolini's personal copy, bound and numbered, of his recorded speeches, Victor long play discs from the early 1930's including Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra in Schoenberg's Gurrelieder and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, and the Sistine Chapel Choir recordings of the pre-electric era, at least eight or nine sides of which feature Alessandro Moreschi, last of the known castrati.
The noncommercial items offer exhaustive coverage of politics and history of the U.S., Britian, France, Italy, and the Vatican -- with particular emphasis on World Wars I and II. The collection also includes Alexander Graham Bell in a re-enactment of the invention of the telephone, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Robert Browning reading their own works, William Ewart Gladstone in a phonogram to T. A. Edison, and Shakespeare excerpts recited by Sir Henry Irving, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Edwin Booth, and Ellen Terry. Constant Coquelin recites Cyrano excerpts, and Giacomo Puccini is heard on a radio broadcast. The collection contains recordings of speeches by political figures, including unissued Nation's Forum recordings.
Biography
A. F. R. Lawrence was an avid record collector and worked at Columbia Records.
Indexes
Finding aid available in *L(Special) 89-21.
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Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891.
Barrymore, John, 1882-1942.
Baukhage, Gerd, 1911-
Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922.
Berliner, Emile, 1851-1929.
Bernhard, Sarah, 1844-1923.
Paul-Boncour, J. (Joseph), 1873-1972.
Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893.
Brice, Fanny.
Browning, Robert, 1812-1889.
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925.
Carol II, King of Romania, 1893-1953.
Chaliapin, Fyodor Ivanovich, 1873-1938.
Clark, Champ.
Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933.
Coquelin, Constant, 1841-1909.
Gaulle, Charles de, 1890-1970.
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937.
Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931.
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955.
Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939.
George VI, King of Great Britain, 1895-1952.
Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948.
Gladstone, W. E. (William Ewart), 1809-1898.
Goebbels, Joseph, 1897-1945.
Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923.
Hirohito, Emperor of Japan, 1901-1989.
Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945.
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972.
Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905.
John XXIII, Pope, 1881-1963.
Charles I, Emperor of Austria, 1887-1922.
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936.
Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945.
Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910.
Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948.
Research Call Number
*L (Special) 89-21
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