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Arthur and Luce Klein Spoken Arts records

 Collection
Call Number: MSS 105

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of the business records of Spoken Arts, Inc., whose catalog includes covers a wide range of literary works read by 20th century authors, poets, and other notables.

Dates

  • 1924–2009

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

On July 5th, 2001, Yale University and the Klein Family signed an agreement to establish the Klein Archive as part of the University's Historical Sound Recordings (HSR) Collection.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into six series: I. Project records, II. Program guides and related materials, III. Promotional materials and miscellanous office records, IV. Artist contracts, V. Artist correspondence and related material, and VI. Records on special projects.

Related Materials

Commercial recordings related to the collection are cataloged in Orbis.

Extent

18.35 Linear Feet (44 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/music.mss.0105

Overview

The collection is comprised of the business records of Spoken Arts, Inc., whose catalog includes covers a wide range of literary works read by 20th century authors, poets, and other notables.

Biographical / Historical

Founded in 1956 by Dr. Luce and Arthur Klein, Spoken Arts, Inc. was one of the first companies to record the spoken word. The company's first news release clearly stated its mission "to encourage a revival and reevaluation of the importance of the spoken word." In the ensuing years, Spoken Arts became well known for its recordings of 20th century authors and poets reading their own works, including such notables as Arthur Miller, Dorothy Parker, Langston Hughes, Cynthia Ozick, William Butler Yeats, Nadine Gordimer, Pablo Neruda, Gertrude Stein, James Baldwin, Cornelia Otis Skinner, S.J. Perelman, Grace Paley, W. H. Auden, Elie Wiesel, Anais Nin and many others.

The Spoken Arts catalog of over 750 recordings covers a wide range of literature, with subjects from Greek Mythology, Chaucer, Shakespeare, English Literature from the 17th and 18th centuries, English Poetry and Prose from the Romantic and Victorian Ages, Irish Literature, American Classics and Modern Drama, Great Women Writers, Treasuries of Fairy Tales and Folk Tales, Classic Children's Literature, French and Spanish Drama, German Poetry and Prose, Italian Verse, American History and Politics, as well as the Treasury of 100 Modern American poets reading their poems.

See also Spoken Arts Collection, Historical Sound Recordings.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2014. Finding aid created in 2019.
Title
Guide to the Arthur and Luce Klein Spoken Arts Records
Author
written by Mark Bailey. Updated (2019) by Michelle Peralta.
Date
February 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Sponsor
This project was supported by a Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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