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Vincent Voice Library (MSU)

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Michigan State University Libraries

366 W. Circle Drive

East Lansing, MI 48824


The G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is a collection of over 40,000 hours of spoken word recordings, dating back to 1888. The collection includes the voices of over 100,000 persons from all walks of life. Political and cultural leaders and minor players in the human drama are captured and cataloged to serve the research needs of a local, national and international user base. Clients include students and faculty of Michigan State University, other scholars and researchers, broadcasting networks, news agencies and film, video, and Web production companies.

Collections highlights include these:

  • Rare Edison recordings from the late Nineteenth Century and early Twentieth Century, including the voices of Sarah Bernhard, Buffalo Bill Cody, Gladstone, Tennyson, and Queen Victoria.
  • Voices of the American Presidents since Benjamin Harrison, including speeches, interviews and press conferences.
  • A large holding of World War II actualities, featuring Nazi propaganda, war news from the major networks, and the speeches of Churchill, Stalin and FDR.
  • A broad representation of the arts in America and abroad, with the voices of Barrymore, Picasso, John Lennon, Brando, Fanny Brice, Bob Hope, Louis Armstrong, George Bernard Shaw, Salvadore Dali, T.S. Eliot and others.
  • A view of the life and culture of Michigan State University, including speeches of the University Presidents and such visitors to campus as Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg and Bill Clinton.

Categories: Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama,

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Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.