We recently received this question, and there is probably someone in ARSC
who knows the answer. If you do, I'd be grateful for the help especially if
you can back it up with a reliable source. Thanks
What is the earliest birth date of anyone whose voice has been recorded?
Therefore not, necessarily, the birth date of "oldest" person recorded, nor
the birth date of the first person recorded. But rather, the birth date of
a person who was probably around 100yrs of age when voice recording started
in the 1890s - and possibly therefore was born before 1800.
If this recording no longer exists or cannot for any reason be listened to
- what is the earliest birth date of anyone whose voice has been recorded
that may still be listened to - and how and where can one listen to this
Jerry McBride, Head Librarian (650) 725-1146
Music Library & Archive of Recorded Sound (650) 725-1145 (fax)
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