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

Collection Data

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.
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1900 - 1970
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *L (Special) 89-21
Speeches, addresses, etc., Japanese
Speeches, addresses, etc., Spanish American
Speeches, addresses, etc., Italian
Speeches, addresses, etc., German
Speeches, addresses, etc., French
Speeches, addresses, etc., Russian
Speeches, addresses, etc., English
Speeches, addresses, etc., American
Barrymore, John, 1882-1942
Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891
Baukhage, Gerd, 1911-
Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922
Berliner, Emile, 1851-1929
Bernhardt, 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
Content: Accompanying material for portions of the collection on file.
Acquisition: RHA89.21
Acquisition: 1989
Biographical/historical: A. F. R. Lawrence was an avid record collector and worked at Columbia Records.
Action: Accessioned 03/20/89 BAC
Citation/reference: Finding aid available in *L(Special) 89-21.
Physical Description
Extent: Ca. 3400 sound recordings
Type of Resource
Sound recording
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11645698
MSS Unit ID: 20457
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 23117da0-508b-0136-a730-258d741993f1
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