If you don't find a home for these at the BBC archives or the British Library, UCSB would take them. We have growing radio collections and these would fit right in. Let me know if you need any more info.
Head, Special Collections (Acting)
UC Santa Barbara Library
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9010
On Dec 1, 2014, at 5:45 PM, Randy A. Riddle wrote:
> I'm turning to the group for some advice on a group of BBC transcriptions
> that came my way a few months ago.
> The story behind them is rather curious. A man in the military in the
> early 70s got a large group of Armed Forces and BBC transcriptions from an
> AFRS station in Asia when they were cleaning out a storage room. He mailed
> the discs to his home near Seattle and they stayed boxed up in his garage,
> untouched, until about a year ago when his daughter was ready to throw them
> out. A neighbor took them and eventually contacted me.
> The Old Time Radio Researchers Group agreed to take the discs. I wound up
> with the BBC transcriptions and a couple of other volunteers got the AFRS
> The neighbor was hoping the discs could go to an archives. I've not had
> any luck - I talked with the BBC and the British Library, but they didn't
> seem interested. I've donated my discs to Duke University of American
> shows, but they're reluctant to take them because of copyright - they're
> interested in material that connects to their other collecting areas and
> that can eventually be made available through their online digital
> I've made digital transfers of all the discs and will probably have 300 dpi
> scans of all the labels done over the holiday break.
> The collection consists of about 80 discs, all shellac 16"ers, dating from
> 1947-48. The programming is varied - everything from classical, "pops",
> and big band music programs to dramas, variety shows and news shows.
> There's an inventory here:
> Is there any institution here in the states that might want these? They're
> pretty expensive to ship, especially outside of the US.
> While I find the collection fascinating, I've got a small apartment and
> really don't have room for them with my main transcription collection.
> Any suggestions appreciated.