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Re: Recordings of Shakespearian Actors
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2469  Monday, 30 December 2002

From:           Meg Powers Livingston <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Dec 2002 19:37:48 -0500
Subject: 13.2433 Recordings of Shakespearian Actors
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2433 Recordings of Shakespearian Actors

As an adjunct to this discussion of old, rare recordings, I wanted to
suggest to list members one way to keep some of these recordings from
disappearing.  Two years ago, my campus library decided to purge its
collection of albums because the students were refusing to use them and
because of the difficulty of keeping the library's one surviving record
player in working condition.  They were about the pitch the entire
collection into the trash when someone decided to consult with the
faculty first.  I found a treasure trove of stuff, including Guthrie
Theater performances and a number of early John Gielgud performances
that are not available on tape (as far as I could find).  I had a work
study student record all the albums onto tape, and now my students (and
I) are using these resources again.  The moral, I suppose, is to check
with your library and find out what has happened/is happening to these
old materials as they are displaced by new media.

Happy holidays,
Meg Livingston

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