Stanford University archive adds digitized 1938-55 radio broadcasts by orchestras

Posted on: October 7, 2019

Stanford University’s Archive of Recorded Sound has digitized and catalogued 684 analog recordings of The Standard Hour, a broadcast radio series devoted to symphonic music that aired on Western U.S. radio stations from 1938 to 1955. The archive, produced in collaboration with the Stanford Media Preservation Lab, gives university researchers and others access to The Standard Hour performances by orchestras including the San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland Symphony Orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Hollywood Bowl Symphony, led by Pierre Monteux, Alfred Wallenstein, Gaetano Merola, Carmen Dragon, and others. The Archive’s materials are for on-site use only, but descriptive information for all of the recordings can be found at the Stanford Searchworks catalog without restriction at https://searchworks.stanford.edu/.

Posted October 7, 2019