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Sound Recordings and Film

Norman Bel Geddes. Click to enlarge

Norman Bel Geddes with model Shell Oil city layout, ca. 1937.
Norman Bel Geddes Papers.


Most historical audio and video recordings, including tapes, discs, and film from the Stella Adler and Norman Bel Geddes collections, are stored with the Ransom Center's other audiovisual holdings. To locate noncommercial sound recordings, consult the Sound Recordings Database, available in the Center's Reading and Viewing Rooms. Streaming audio is available for some sound recordings and can be accessed onsite only.

Commercial and other non-unique recordings are located in the Ransom Center Library and are searchable in the UT Library Catalog. Included here are 1,296 albums comprising Theatre Arts Sound Recordings, a collection of recordings of musical comedies, Broadway hits, orchestral arrangements of musicals, and miscellaneous productions such as poetry readings and humor albums. For this collection, an electronic database is available onsite as well as a hard copy of Theatre Arts Sound Recordings list.


Please note: Access to audio and video recordings is strictly limited to those items for which a viewing/listening copy has been created. If a viewing/listening copy does not exist, you may request one using the photoduplication order form. The Ransom Center will not duplicate any recordings which will be damaged by the duplication process, and photoduplication fees will apply. Also, some recordings are only available in-house and may not be duplicated for scholars, even for research purposes.


The Reading Room Will Be Closed:

Monday, May 27
Thursday, July 4

Always closed on Sundays

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