The University of Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee 38152
Emeritus Professor Marvin R. Bensman, J.D., Ph.D.
Founder and Director
Born 1937. Graduated with B.S, M.S. and Ph.D from University of Wisconsin and with J.D. degree from University of Memphis. Began teaching at UM in 1969 where I began this radio collection from original transcriptions, private collectors and other institutions to preserve for research and scholarship what people had once heard over American radio. It was decided not to attempt to collect every program of every series that exists, but a representative sampling of most series and shows.
The collection is housed in the McWherter Library at the University of Memphis. Because of the cost of printing and the availability of the WWW the catalog was published on the web in 1997.
The catalog is shown in two formats. The best way to view the catalog is via Adobe PDF format. Using Adobe Reader on any computer platform you can easily search (using Find), or download, or print from the catalog. If you do not have Adobe Reader or an Adobe Reader plug-in for your browser you can get it free at: Adobe WWW site.
The other way to view is via HTML files. Due to size the catalog is broken down into small files by alphabet which makes it more difficult to search.
If you wish to see course notes on the History of Broadcasting, select: " History of Broadcasting."
If you wish to learn about programs in the collection that I think illustrate the history of broadcasting and are, in my opinion, of special interest, read the posting, "Recommended Programs."
If you wish to read about the history of recording and the status of preserving radio programs, read my article, "Collecting.."
How to Obtain Radio Programs from the Archive
Technology has gone from reel-to-reel, audio cassette, CD, to MP3. Since there are 1500 hours of material it became impossible to keep transferring to each new format in real-time, so audio cassette is the only format available.
To obtain audio cassettes of these radio programs for your own private
study, scholarship, research or teaching begin by browsing the catalog (alphabetized by program title). There is a wealth
of the cultural and political history of the 20th Century to be found within
these programs. Use Adobe Reader's "Find" to locate any particular
title, date, or performer (where noted). Due to space restrictions all
performers are not listed and some of the listings may be truncated.
Then print or save the form, order blank and fill-in the programs you want.
You may send no more than (10) ten 60-minute high-quality, normal bias audio cassettes at one time.
Your cassettes must be accompanied with a check MADE OUT TO The University of Memphis for $30.00 for each ten cassette order. If you order fewer than 10 cassettes, send $2.00 for each.
If you are requesting material from a country other than the United States, please send an additional $ amount which will cover the postage costs to return your order to you.
Your packaging will be used to send your recorded cassettes back to you so please use durable and and resealable packing materials AND enclose a return address label.
Retain a copy of your order as a key to what you requested.
Send your order, with ten cassettes and your $30.00 check to:
The University of
Memphis, TN 38152-3250
If you need more details about this collection, please contact Chris Ratiliff by email email@example.com.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: State
law requires us to deposit your checks upon receipt. If a program you select is
an hour in length you will receive that program on one 60-minute cassette. If
you select a half-hour program, the other side of the cassette can be any other
half hour or 1/4 hour program you select from the catalog. Please note that we
cannot separate 1/4 hour programs, so if you want one 1/4 hour show, you will
receive the other 1/4 program on that cassette master. This will complete that
1/2 hour side of the cassette recording. Therefore, when you select a
particular 1/4 program do not indicate any other show for the other 1/4 hour on
that half hour side of the cassette.
Using a high-speed duplicator, we are restricted to the 60-minute cassette format. Longer audio cassette tapes do not duplicate well and will not be used. Use good quality normal bias tape (Type I) and do not send metal oxide tape.
I retired in 2004, but you can E-mail me about the tapes returned to you if you experience a problem. We cannot solve any correctible problems with the archive unless we are aware of them.
You are not allowed to sell this material (copyright) and none of the
archive is available for broadcast purposes unless you obtain permission from
the original copyright owner(s).
Further information on other radio archives can be obtained from:
Re-runs On File: A Guide to Electronic Media Archives, ed., Don Godfrey, Lawrence Erlbaum & Associates (1992).
General dating for programs when not specifically known has been obtained from:
Summers, Harrison, B., Thirty-Year History of Network Radio Programs-1926-1956, (Arno Press, 1971).
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