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BOX-FOLDER 1/1 Series 1. Publicity Materials, 1938-1939 , and undated
1 folder
RPA 00352 (box 1)
Series 1 contains publicity materials from the radio program Famous First Facts. These include press releases from July, 1938, to June, 1939; fact sheets about the program from the WOR Program Department; a script from a 1939 WOR promotional program featuring an interview with guest Joseph Nathan Kane; and two scripts from the radio program, Vanishing New Yorkers.
Series 2. Scripts, 1938-1939
21 folders
RPA 00352 (box 1)
This series contains 21 scripts from Famous First Facts, many if not all, annotated by Joseph Nathan Kane. The series does not contain scripts from the complete run of the program. Beginning with the date of the first broadcast, November 28, 1938, they continue to January 26, 1939, and then run from April 20, 1939, until July 13 of that year. The gap represents February 2 through April 13, 1939.
BOX-FOLDER 1/1 Famous First Facts, 1938-11-28
BOX-FOLDER 1/2 Famous First Facts, 1938-12-05
BOX-FOLDER 1/3 Famous First Facts, 1938-12
BOX-FOLDER 1/4 Famous First Facts, 1938-12-19
BOX-FOLDER 1/5 Famous First Facts, 1938-12-29
BOX-FOLDER 1/6 Famous First Facts, 1938-12-31
BOX-FOLDER 1/7 Famous First Facts, 1939-01-05
BOX-FOLDER 1/8 Famous First Facts, 1939-01-12
BOX-FOLDER 1/9 Famous First Facts, 1939-01-19
BOX-FOLDER 1/10 Famous First Facts, 1939-01-26
BOX-FOLDER 1/11 Famous First Facts, 1939-04-20
BOX-FOLDER 1/12 Famous First Facts, 1939-04-27
BOX-FOLDER 1/13 Famous First Facts, 1939-05-04
BOX-FOLDER 1/14 Famous First Facts, 1939-05-11
BOX-FOLDER 1/15 Famous First Facts, 1939-05-18
BOX-FOLDER 1/16 Famous First Facts, 1939-05-25
BOX-FOLDER 1/17 Famous First Facts, 1939-06-08
BOX-FOLDER 1/18 Famous First Facts, 1939-06-16
BOX-FOLDER 1/19 Famous First Facts, 1939-06-22
BOX-FOLDER 1/20 Famous First Facts, 1939-07-06
BOX-FOLDER 1/21 Famous First Facts, 1939-07-13
Series 3. Sound Recordings, 1938-1939
106 sound discs
4 sound discs
6 sound tape reels
IDB 00419-00524 (12-inch 78-rpm discs)
IDC 00020-00023 (16-inch 78-rpm discs)
RWD 7324-7329 (10-inch tape reels, preservation copy)
Sound recordings in the collection include original 78 rpm discs (12-inch and 16-inch) and analog tape reels (10-inch). The tapes were duplicated from the original discs as a preservation copy by the Library of Congress Recording Laboratory in 1995.

Broadcast over the Mutual network, Famous First Facts was an interview program with occasional historical dramatizations. Persons interviewed included, among many others, Frank E. Vanderhoof, author of the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933; Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day; J. Searle Dawley, an early motion picture director; Mahonri Young, sculptor and grandson of Brigham Young; W.C. Handy, musician; Simon Lake, inventor of the modern-day submarine; Julia C. Stimson, first woman major in the Army Nursing Corps; S.S. McClure, cartoonist; G. Robert Vincent, collector of recordings of famous people; Thomas J. Valentino, creator of recorded sound effects; James Brendan Connolly, medal winner in the 1896 Olympics; Horace M. Albright, conservationist; Glenn L. Martin, airplane designer and builder; Louise Arner Boyd, polar explorer; and William L. Murphy, inventor of the Murphy bed.
Series 4. Microphone, circa 1930-1939
1 microphone
On display in the Recorded Sound Reference Center
Vintage 1930s microphone.

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