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Re: Records Revisited and its new home

From:

Douglas Small <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 2 Jul 2008 13:07:56 -0400

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Kudos to you and your family for their generosity and to the  
University of Syracuse for its future work in maintaining a reference  
library of such important works of our lifetimes!

Doug Small
White Stone, VA
On Jul 2, 2008, at 11:46 AM, Elias Savada wrote:

> I am pleased to announce that my dad's record collection has found  
> a new home. Dad and I had
> been working with Syracuse before he died in February, and the  
> family is very pleased with the
> Belfer Sound Archive/Syracuse University association and their  
> eagerness to maintain the integrity
> of the collection.
>
> FYI, dad's personal collection is being sold by Warren Hicks. You  
> can download the catalog (with
> over 1,200 of dad's 78's) from http://www.recordsforcollectors.com/ 
> RFCcatalog/catindex.html
>
> Eli Savada
> Bethesda MD
>
> From today's NY Times:
>
> Syracuse University Gets an Oldies Collection
> Compiled by BEN SISARIO
>
> Syracuse University has acquired a major collection of 78 r.p.m.  
> records from the family of a
> Manhattan dealer, giving the university what it says is the second- 
> largest collection of 78s in the
> United States, after the Library of Congressís. Doubling the  
> holdings of 78s at the universityís
> Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive, the collection of more than  
> 200,000 records was donated by
> the family of Morton J. Savada, who ran the Records Revisited store  
> on West 33rd Street in
> Manhattan for 29 years and died in February. Particularly strong in  
> jazz and big bands, the Savada
> collection contains a wide swath of popular music from the first  
> half of the 20th century, with
> country, blues, gospel, polka, folk, Broadway and Hawaiian music.  
> It also has a strong selection of
> V-Disc records, which were produced for American military personnel  
> overseas in the 1940s. Now
> in transit in 1,300 boxes, the collection will be cataloged once it  
> reaches Syracuse, said Suzanne
> Thorin, the dean of libraries.
>
> From today's Syracuse Post Standard:
>
> SU receives records worth $1 million
> By Nancy Cole
>
> A collection of about 200,000 record albums has been donated to  
> Syracuse University, boosting
> its collection of 78-rpm records to about 400,000 -- second in the  
> United States only to the
> Library of Congress collection.
>
> The records are the entire inventory of "Records Revisited," a  
> Manhattan record store owned by
> the late Morton J. "Morty" Savada.
>
> Savada wanted the records -- valued at about $1 million -- donated  
> to SU Library's Belfer Audio
> Laboratory and Archive.
>
> "I was glad that someone was going to really appreciate it," said  
> Savada's son, Elias.
>
> Morton Savada, 85, had been diagnosed with lung cancer and died Feb  
> 11.
>
> He was familiar with SU's audio laboratory and archive and its  
> staff from meetings of the
> Association for Recorded Sound Collections.
>
> He also had a link to the university through his granddaughter,  
> Shira Savada, Elias Savada's
> daughter, who graduated from SU in 2005.
>
> Savada's collection includes recordings from 1895 to the 1950s and  
> has genres such as big band,
> jazz, country, blues, gospel, polka, folk, Broadway, Hawaiian and  
> Latin. It also contains spoken-
> word, comedy, broadcast recordings, and V-disks, which were  
> distributed as entertainment to the
> U.S. military during World War II.
>
> "We're very excited to learn more about the gems that are in  
> there," said Melinda Dermody, head
> of arts and humanities services for the SU Library.
>
> The collection is packed into 1,300 boxes and will be transported  
> to SU next week by six 20-foot-
> long FedEx trucks.
>
> The records are thicker and heavier than the 33-rpm albums many  
> people stored in their
> basement or attic when cassette tapes and then compact discs came  
> along. The 10-inch, 78-rpm
> albums have one song to a side, and the lightest albums weigh about  
> one-half pound each.
> Savada's collection is estimated to weigh about 50 tons total.
>
> Savada took over his father's shirt business, Savada Bros., in the  
> 1950s and ran it until opening
> the record store in 1977.
>
> But Savada's record collecting started well before he opened the  
> store -- he began collecting 78-
> rpms in 1937.
>
> Savada loved music, especially big band, Elias Savada said. He  
> remembers his father tinkering with
> the piano, playing songs by ear. When the family watched "Name That  
> Tune," Morton Savada
> would get the jump on everyone, as long as it wasn't rock music,  
> Elias Savada said.
>
> "We always marveled if it was two tones, he could figure it out. It  
> was all up in his head," Savada
> said.
>
> SU officials don't know exactly what they have waiting in the tons  
> of boxes down in New York, but
> they do know of Savada's reputation as a collector and the  
> reputation of the collection itself.
>
> Savada would often bring collectors together at his shop, where the  
> narrow aisles were flanked
> floor to ceiling with shelving holding his records. The shop also  
> had a desk, a turntable
> and the complete index of the collection written on cards, Savada  
> said.
>
> The shop was a frequent stop not only for collectors but for people  
> in the film and music
> industries.
>
> Elias Savada said actor/director Woody Allen used his father's  
> recordings in his movies, and
> actor/director Matt Dillon also frequented the shop. Dillon sent  
> Elias Savada an e-mail after he
> heard of Morton Savada's death.
>
> Savada's connections even landed him a part in the 1999 Woody Allen  
> movie "Sweet and
> Lowdown," which starred Sean Penn and Uma Thurman. The movie was  
> about a jazz musician and
> Savada had a role as a jazz expert, Elias Savada said. His  
> appearance ended up on the cutting-
> room floor, but Morton Savada continued to receive annual checks  
> from the Screen Actors Guild
> for his part, Elias Savada said. Last year, he received a check for  
> five cents, Savada said.
>
> Dermody said SU is excited about the donation and the ways it will  
> be used by SU students and
> faculty. Those researching musicology, history, filmmaking,  
> journalism and political science will
> all benefit by being able to hear the recordings.
>
> "To have these recordings is a huge, wonderful addition," Dermody  
> said.
>
> Nancy Cole can be reached at [log in to unmask] or 470-2173.
>
> pictures can be seen at http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/ 
> 2008/07/su_receives_records_worth_1_mi.html

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