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NPR's Sound Library Directory

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History

The Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University: Largest academic voice library in the nation. Houses taped speeches, performances, lectures, interviews, and broadcasts by over 50,000 people from all walks of life and spanning the past 100 years. Available sound samples for Real Audio or MP3 include U.S. Presidents of 20th Century and Michigan Writers. Responsible Party: Michigan State University.

American Memory Collection: Enter the site and go to the Collection Finder to search the audio library. Collection includes Omaha Indian music, interviews with American quilters, early sound recordings from Thomas Edison's studios, and vaudeville routines from the 1920s. Responsible Party: The Library of Congress.

The History Channel Speech Archives: A relatively large collection of historically relevant RealAudio recordings. Includes politicians, world leaders, sports figures, and cultural notables. Responsible Party: The History Channel.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): As of this writing there are only a handful of random audio recordings at this site; however, it is worth checking periodically for updates. Go to the NAIL Digital Copies Search Form and select Media: Sound Recordings. Responsible Party: NARA, U.S. Government.

Presidential Libraries: This site offers links to all of the Presidential Libraries. While many do not have any audio files, some (such as the Bush Library) do have audiovisual files for public access. Responsible Party: NARA.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Digital Archives: This page is from the Web site of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum. There are ten short clips available for downloading. Responsible Party: NARA, U.S. Government.

Library of American Broadcasting (formerly Broadcast Pioneers Library): There are several audio collections in this library, all of which can be accessed by a visit to the University of Maryland. The fees for duplication run about $20 per half hour of tape. There are a handful of vintage radio commercials for immeidate download. Responsible Party: The University of Maryland.

Grinberg Film Libraries: A very large, searchable archive of mostly historic footage. Responsible Party: Grinberg Worldwide Images, Inc.

The MPI Media Group Home Video Page: They have a wide selection of videos available for purchase: old television shows, famous speeches, MPI documentaries. Random segments are available for download and play on RealAudio. Responsible Party: MPI Media Group.

Blackside: Blackside, Inc., develops and produces films, books, and educational materials that address America's most critical issues — leadership, the nature of democracy, freedom of expression, and the mechanisms of social change." Founded in 1968 by Henry Hampton, it is a minority-owned independent film company that is best known for its award-winning documentary "Eyes on the Prize." A selection of documentaries are for sale. Responsible Party: Blackside, Inc.

The Encyclopedia Britannica Guide to Black History: A site devoted to the history of African Americans. Select the "Audio/Video" link for a list of videos for sale and audio segments that can be played online.Responsible Party: Encyclopedia Britannica, 1999.

California Newsreel: A non-profit documentary production and distribution center for a collection of educational videos on African American life and history, race relations and diversity training, African cinema, media and society, labor studies, and campus life. Founded in 1968. Responsible Party: California Newsreel.

The Moffitt Library Media Resource Center's Online Media Resources, University of California, Berkeley Library: This site contains online audio files of campus lectures and events, including materials from the Berkeley Language Center Speech Archive; Pacifica Foundation Archives's Social Activism Sound Recording Project; and an assortment of various historic speeches and audio productions. Responsible Party: University of California, Berkeley, 1996.

The Library of Congress Recorded Sound Reference Center: A rich collection of original field recordings of American music and folklore. Responsible Party: The Library of Congress, U.S. Government.



Oration

Speech and Transcript Center: A compilation of links to various speeches and transcripts. Some Real Audio available. Categories include Campaign 2000, Business (e.g., company presentations), TV/Radio Programs, U.S. & International Government, Professional Organizations, and Historic Speeches. Responsible Party: Gary Price, Librarian at GW University.

Historic Audio Archives: An archive of sound clips from memorable speeches of the 20th century. Notables include Sen. McCarthy, Nixon, Daley, Trotsky, Churchill, Hitler, JFK, MLK, Malcolm X, Clinton, Bush, Quayle. Responsible Party: Webcorp, Inc., an Internet media company founded in 1995.

The Moffitt Library Media Resource Center's Online Media Resources, University of California, Berkeley Library: This site contains online audio files of campus lectures and events, including materials from the Berkeley Language Center Speech Archive; Pacifica Foundation Archives's Social Activism Sound Recording Project; and an assortment of various historic speeches and audio productions. Responsible Party: University of California, Berkeley, 1996.



Literature

The Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University: Largest academic voice library in the nation. Houses taped speeches, performances, lectures, interviews, and broadcasts by over 50,000 people from all walks of life and spanning the past 100 years. Available sound samples for Real Audio or MP3 include U.S. Presidents of 20th Century and Michigan Writers. Responsible Party: Michigan State University.

HarperAudio: Sound samples (8-12 minutes long) from audio books published on HarperCollins Caedmon label. Requires Real Audio. This site links to the HarperAudio catalogue, which has cassettes and CD-ROMs available for purchase. Catalogue can be searched by author, title, keyword, or performer. Responsible Party: HarperCollins Publishers.



Current Events

Speech and Transcript Center: A compilation of links to various speeches and transcripts. Some Real Audio available. Categories include September 11th, Campaign 2000, Business (e.g., company presentations), TV/Radio Programs, U.S. & International Government, Professional Organizations, and Historic Speeches. Responsible Party: Gary Price, Librarian at GW University.

Vanderbilt Television News Archive: Descriptive summaries and transcripts of TV news broadcasts and special reports from 1968 to present are available for online searching or browsing. Special terrorism section. Duplications of complete broadcasts are available for purchase. Duplications take 1-3 days, come on VHS tapes, and cost $165 per hour of footage. Responsible Party: Vanderbilt University.

Pacifica: Select Pacifica Network News to search archive broadcasts from Pacifica Radio Network. To purchase copies of archived shows, call 800-735-0230. Responsible Party: Pacifica Foundation, founded in 1946.

The History Channel Speech Archives: A relatively large collection of historically relevant RealAudio recordings. Includes politicians, world leaders, sports figures, and cultural notables. Responsible Party: The History Channel.

CNN: The news archives can be searched, but most of it is news for international audiences. Select "Audio" on the menu bar to hear Top Stories, Sports, Health Watch, On Screen, Celebrity Watch, Prescription for Your Health, Earth Matters, or Journey to Wellness with RealAudio or WindowsMedia. Responsible Party: Cable News Network.

ABC News: You can search the archives for domestic and international news. Select "Audio/Video Index" on the menu bar to access video files of their current headline stories. Responsible Party: ABC News Internet Ventures, 2000.

C-Span: C-SPAN is a public service created by the American cable television industry. Their goal is to provide live gavel-to-gavel proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate; to provide elected and appointed officials a direct conduit to the audience; to provide the audience direct access to elected officials; and to employ production values that accurately convey the business of government. Visit the "Live TV/Radio" link. Responsible Party: National Cable Satellite Corporation.

California Newsreel: A non-profit documentary production and distribution center for a collection of educational videos on African American life and history, race relations and diversity training, African cinema, media and society, labor studies, and campus life. Founded in 1968. Responsible Party: California Newsreel.

The Moffitt Library Media Resource Center's Online Media Resources, University of California, Berkeley Library: This site contains online audio files of campus lectures and events, including materials from the Berkeley Language Center Speech Archive; Pacifica Foundation Archives's Social Activism Sound Recording Project; and an assortment of various historic speeches and audio productions. Responsible Party: University of California, Berkeley, 1996.



Popular Culture

Footage.net: This site features video footage for sale. Use the Global Search to peruse their list of databases. Responsible Party: Full Circle Productions, Inc., a broadcast television production company.

Filmsite: A collection of descriptive and interpretive commentaries about the greatest American movies of all time. There are several ways to search the site.Responsible Party: Tim Dirks, Author/Manager

The History Channel Speech Archives: A relatively large collection of historically relevant RealAudio recordings. Includes politicians, world leaders, sports figures, and cultural notables. Responsible Party: The History Channel.

Sites with Audio Clips: In Sound, Music and Voice areas visitors will find things like bird calls, TV commercials, rock music, and whale songs. The site also includes a link to the Audio Formats FAQ. What's here is good, but beware — site was last updated in September 1996. Responsible Party: Jennifer Myers, aka "geek girl."

WAV Central: A huge archive of WAV audio samples ranging from movie, television, and advertisement clips to a large collection of sound effects. Audio files are contributed by members. Responsible Party: wavcentral.com.

Library of American Broadcasting (formerly Broadcast Pioneers Library): There are several audio collections in this library, all of which can be accessed by a visit to the University of Maryland. The fees for duplication run about $20 per half hour of tape. There are a handful of vintage radio commercials for immeidate download. Responsible Party: The University of Maryland.

Grinberg Film Libraries: A very large, searchable archive of mostly historic footage. Responsible Party: Grinberg Worldwide Images, Inc.

The Movie Sounds Page: Movie sound clips ranging from Animal House to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.Responsible Party: The Movie Sounds Page.

Facets Front Page: This is a non-profit media arts organization that provides access to a range of video and film programs. In their words, "Facets' 40,000 title inventory is an astounding video collection unlike any in the world, famous for its breadth and diversity." Responsible Party: Facets Multi-Media, 1975.

The MPI Media Group Home Video Page: They have a wide selection of videos available for purchase: old television shows, famous speeches, MPI documentaries. Random segments are available for download and play on RealAudio. Responsible Party: MPI Media Group.

Video Librarian: This is the online addendum to the print publication of the same name. It features news and reviews of special interest, documentary, and video movie titles. There is a searhable archive of back issues. Responsible Party: Randy Pitman, Editor.

National Video Resources: A not-for-profit organization developed in 1990 by the Rockefeller Foundation. Their goal is to increasing public awareness of and access to independently produced media, film, video, and motion media as delivered through the new digital technologies.Responsible Party: Funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Homepage for the George Foster Peabody Awards: The George Foster Peabody Awards, established in 1939 and first awarded in 1940, recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by radio and television networks, stations, producing organizations, cable television organizations and individuals. Responsible Party: The Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia.

The Global Electronic Music Marketplace (GEMM): An enormous selection of print, audio, and video material for sale.Responsible Party: GEMM, 1996-2000.



Music

Art on the Net Links: Music and Audio References: A selective collection of contemporary music Web pages, zines, and resources. Responsible Party: The artists of art.net.



Search Engines & Audio Tools

Lycos Pictures & Sound Search: Using the Lycos search engine, search for pictures or sounds on the Internet.

AltaVista MP3 Search: Click on the MP3 tab to search the Internet for audio.

Welcome to RealAudio!: Download movie trailers, search for MP3 files, and upgrade your audio system. Responsible Party: RealNetworks.com.

Audio: This site contains pointers to information on computer-based audio sound and associated software available on the Web. Includes a console to receive on-line RealAudio broadcasts from selected radio stations. Lots here, although some of the links to outside sources are no longer functioning. Responsible Party: Jonathan Bowen, former Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University Computing Laboratory.

Media History Connection Project, Radio: Good collection of links to museums and institutional resources; general broadcast history resources; stations, networks, and companies; programs and pioneers; interenational radio; and technologies. Again, user beware — Web site was last updated in June 1996. Responsible Party: Kristina Ross, Director.