HI all -- Here's a query about radio archival resources from a grad
student here at the University of Wisconsin. Any help you can give
I'm a graduate student at UW-Madison, just beginning a dissertation
project tentatively titled "Alternative Networks: Recording and
Broadcasting American Poetry after 1950," and looking for some
guidance about general research resources and funding sources.
This dissertation will examine radio broadcasting and commercial
recording of poetry from the 1950s-1980s, particularly through
independent and alternative networks and labels. Chapters focus on
Langston Hughes's recordings and collaborations with Folkways Records
in the 1950s; Pacifica Radio stations KPFA in Berkeley and WBAI in New
York and the role of radical poetry broadcasting from the Beats to
Black Arts to Language writing in their programming from the 50s-80s;
and the performance poet John Giorno's independent recording label
Giorno Poetry Systems, which produced spoken word albums of Beat,
performance, punk, and queer writing from the 60s-80s. Questions about
new left politics, the history and aesthetics of public radio,
censorship, audiences and countercultures, race, and media and
cultural history are central.
Research for this project will necessitate archival research trips to
Washington, D.C. the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural
Heritage (where Folkways archives are held), and to southern
California to visit the Pacifica Archives in Los Angeles, UCLA's
collections of the poet and longtime Pacifica host Kenneth Rexroth,
and possibly UCSD's Archive of New Poetry (for extensive recording
collections and relevant poets' papers). Tips on funding resources or
archival research in radio and sound generally, and relevant sound
studies/media studies/cultural history resources much appreciated.
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication Arts821 University Ave.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706