Here is a piece of correspondence that may interest some of you. If you can
help Ms. Castellanos, please refer to her directly.
>Thank you so much for your quick reply. Indeed we are looking for stories
>that involve an artifact or object that may be tied to an important event
>in American History. I kind of liken the story to Antique's Roadshow that
>is much more elaborate and involved with a detective story twists and
>turns. Often the best stories come from people just like you who happen
>to be very avid collectors!
>I would appreciate any fanning of this story query to any appropriate
>people or groups.
>I'm curious about this cylinder that you wrote about. What kind of
>technology is that? I have never heard of it before.
>From: Kurt Nauck [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>Sent: Friday, February 11, 2005 3:07 PM
>To: Tania Castellanos
>Subject: Re: History Detectives on PBS--Story Ideas
>I would suppose the most enduring mysteries have to do with the whereabouts
>(or existence) of the Buddy Bolden cylinder or the Lincoln Phonautograph
>But since you seem to be looking for mysteries about objects that are known
>to exist, I suppose those wouldn't qualify.
>There is a cylinder at the Belfer archive at Syracuse University that may
>be a recording of Adelina Patti, a legendary opera singer. They haven't
>played it yet, as they are working on developing a laser player so that
>they can reproduce the sound without touching the groove.
>Certainly, there are many questions collectors would like to have answered,
>or recordings they would like to have identified. I might have some
>interesting possibilities in my own collection - I would have to think
>Would you like me to post your message to a couple of relevant internet
>At 11:32 AM 2/11/2005, you wrote:
> >Dear Mr. Nauck,
> >I found your name and e-mail on the arsc-audio.org website. My name is
> >Tania Castellanos and I am writing to you on behalf of Lion
> >Television. We are currently producing a documentary series titled
> >History Detectives that will air on PBS this summer. I am writing to you
> >because I am searching for new potential stories for the series.
> >History Detectives is a national prime-time series about the discovery,
> >documentation and preservation of historic American buildings and
> >artifacts. The format of our program is an investigation of a question
> >posed by an individual who is interested in learning the history behind an
> >artifact or location and its possible historical significance.
> >We are currently seeking story submissions from all over the country
> >regarding American buildings or artifacts that may be historically or
> >culturally significant. The most promising ideas are historically
> >significant, and are still unsolved. The best objects belong to people who
> >may not have a research background, but are enthusiastic about American
> >history or the specific area that their object relates to.
> >I would like to develop stories that would permit us to talk about the
> >history of Blues or Jazz. If you are aware of individuals that might have
> >historical questions about objects (they don't have to be major
> >collectors) please let me know.
> >For example, if there was someone who had a record but could not verify
> >the artist or the origin of the recording and wanted to know more about
> >where the record came from or its place in the history of the Blues. If
> >someone had an instrument that they thought once belonged to a well known
> >artist or a piece of sheet music that they could not identify or verify,
> >etc. that would work as well. Also, if you have suggestions that you feel
> >might be relevant to our show, please let me know.
> >Thank you for getting the word out to your colleagues. Hopefully this
> >will find a new and interesting story! You can find out more about the
> >series on the website as
> >Since we are currently in production, I look forward to hearing from you
> >at your earliest convenience.
> >Tania Castellanos
> >History Detectives
> >Lion Television/PBS
> >304 Hudson Street, 5th floor
> >NYC, NY 10013
>"Tania Castellanos" <[log in to unmask]>
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