If the commentary is in Spanish and the speaker is a man with a heavy New York accent, it's Harold Boxer of the Voice of America.
I recall a bunch of these made under Rockefeller auspices just before we entered WW II as well. And Stokowski's "All-American Orchestra" was boat-
touring the area about then and recording for Columbia in Argentina, I think.
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Steve Greene
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] [EXT] [ARSCLIST] Department of State. Office of International Information. International Broadcasting Division sound recordings
Re NARA Holdings: One of the facts of life for an organization as prolific as the U.S. Government, is that archival collections of all sorts are heavily curated at multiple levels to determine what constitutes a "Permanently Valuable" record. A (language) version of that content may exist at NARA, but not necessarily in Spanish (let alone Catalonian).
Best of luck with your project!
An independent archival professional specializing in still photography, moving images and recorded sound.
On Thu, May 16, 2019 at 7:50 PM Feustle, Maristella < [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> V-discs were a separate operation from the Voice of America. Here is a
> brief history:
> Maristella Feustle
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> I forgot one thing. The Voice of America was one of the programs
> produced by the U.S. government and these recordings (large discs;
> known as V-discs) were distributed to Europe.
> The Voice of America Museum can be contacted here:
> The Smithsonian Institute has a collection of v-discs and others
> likely from government sources. Searching for them, by me, was not