There was a lot of poetry recorded in the 78 era. Library of Congress and Harvard University each 
made a series of recordings of poets reading their works. There were also multi-disk albums released 
by Columbia and perhaps Victor of poetry. I have a Decca 12" album of "A Man Without A Country" (I 
might be remembering that title incorrectly -- the records are elsewhere right now). Also 
presidential speeches were commercially released, particularly FDR's "Day of Infamy" address to 
Congress on Victor Records.

Etc. etc.

-- Tom Fine

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From: "Matthew Rubery" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2014 8:04 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Talking Books pre-1952

> Hello, I’m looking for information about talking book records made before
> 1952. I’ve done some work with books recorded for blind people, radio
> broadcasts of Orson Welles, and Dickens recitations. Any other suggestions
> would be welcome.
> Thanks,
> Matt
> Dr Matthew Rubery
> School of English and Drama
> Queen Mary University of London
> Web: