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Series III: Reel-to-Reel Recordings, 1970-1988


Scope and Contents

The majority of the Black Experience in the Arts collection consists of reel-to-reel audio tape recordings of classroom lectures. Series III Audio Recordings, 1970-1988 contains approximately 326 reel to reel audio tapes. 137 guest speakers were recorded and in several instances, there are multiple presentations by these visiting lecturers. The lectures were recorded by the University of Connecticut's Media Center and a copy of the tapes was sent to the university's Homer Babbidge Library as a study aid so students could review them in preparation for exams.

The tapes run the length of the 90 minute course. On occasion, a second tape was required to capture the speaker's entire presentation. Besides speaking, musicians, singers, poets, and playwrights often performed pieces of their work. The course met in a recital hall (von der Mehden Hall) because the artists were asked to demonstrate their art. The hall featured a piano, a pull-down screen at the back of the stage for visual slide presentations, audio equipment for lecturers, and a sound booth for recording course lectures.

Despite the large number of recordings, audio tapes do not exist for every speaker who visited the class. Some presenters delivered formal lectures, while others spoke in a more extemporaneous fashion. The audio levels of these recordings may be uneven - some recordings are audible at a standard volume setting, while the volume on others must be raised to hear the speaker clearly.


  • 1970-1988


From the Collection: 14 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Copies

Some audio recordings in this series have been digitized and are available in the Archives & Special Collections digital repository.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US