ARSC member (founding?) Helen Roach published a discography of such spoken 
word records- it could use updating and reorganization.  Brian Rust 
published one of documentary recordings.  Robert O'Brien is in the closing 
stages of a Shakespearian discography.  Various segments have appeared in 
the British Institute of Recorded Sound bulletins and journals over the 

In my opinion, this could use a drawing together in such way that it allows 
monitored input.  I doubt there is a need for it to be a book but would be a 
useful on-line resource.

Steve Smolian

-----Original Message----- 
From: Tom Fine
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2014 8:22 AM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Talking Books pre-1952

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

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Matthew Rubery" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
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: