I have vague memories of hearing that LP as a kid after having taken it out of the Janesville, WI public library. I vividly remember the trains on the second side. Here is the current library website:
Perhaps a quick call would let you know if they still hold their LP collection
> Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 16:34:55 -0500
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> Subject: [ARSCLIST] New York Public Library Needs Info - Extremely Rare First Recording of Thunderstorm in Early 1950's
> To: [log in to unmask]
> My name is Matthew J Boylan and I am a senior reference librarian at ASK
> NYPL and I need assistance from you. I am trying to locate the following:
> the first attempt to record a thunderstorm on an LP in the early 1950's.
> I do have some additional clues:
> 1.) It was recorded on a 16 inch transcription disc, probably for radio,
> and then transferred to a "33" in 1951 (try 1950 and 1952 as well.)
> 2.) It has 12 minutes of "thunder" on one side and 12 minutes of railroad
> engine sounds on the other. It is the "thunder" side that I seek.)
> 3.) I am seeking the Title of the recording and the Label - not necessarily
> the Artist (if one was credited)
> 4.) This recording is - NOT - the following early recordings of "thunder"
> on LP's:
> A.) the second recording of a thunder storm called "Echoes of the Storm"
> with Crazy Quilt on the Audiophile label.
> B.) nor is it the third recording of a thunder storm entitled: "Voice of
> the Storm" performed by Emory Cook sound pioneer and Cook Laboratories.
> Anyone: if you do - not - know or have access to someone who might know -
> and they should have some real "grey hair" in this area, please feel free
> to forward, post on list servs, contact others, recommend other libraries
> or other holding institutions or collections public or private or
> archivists, librarians, individuals or audiophiles - who might - be able to
> point me in the right direction?
> Thank you very, very much for - any - assistance that you can render!
> Matt Boylan
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> Matthew J. Boylan
> The New York Public Library
> Senior Reference Librarian
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> ASK NYPL
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> New York, New York 10018-2788
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