Diamonds in the Dung Heap

Lost and Found Sound: a Library of 50,000 Broadcasts

Maurice Crane, director of the Voice Library at Michigan State University holding a microphone.

Maurice Crane, director of the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University since 1974. hide caption

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G Robert Vincent, who founded the voice library, wearing a sportcoat, sweater vest and a tie.

G. Robert Vincent began recording voices in 1912 at the home of president Teddy Roosevelt. He went on to amass the nation's largest private collection of recordings of the famous and the not so famous. hide caption

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Produced by Art Silverman and Bill Deputy.

Maurice Crane presides over a vast repository of the recorded voice. He's the curator of the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Reporting for Lost and Found Sound, NPR's Don Gonyea took the tour of the library and learned about the collection and the collector. The original collection was bequeathed by Robert Vincent; Crane has increased the tapes and records there 20 fold.

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