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  1. Radio and Broadcasting Museums: Web-based and Brick and Mortar
  2. Radio and Broadcasting Library Collections: Web-based and Brick and Mortar
  3. Radio and Broadcasting Government Resources: Domestic and International
  4. Advertisers and Manufacturers from the Golden Age: An Often Overlooked Resource
  5. Radio Station and Network Archives: Domestic and International
  6. A Copyright Research Survival Kit from The Government and Academia
    (See Sidebars for More Provenance and Education Resources)

Introduction

Whether you collect Golden Age Radio ephemera, recordings, radios, transcriptions, or premiums, researching The Golden Age of Radio era will occupy a great deal of your time. Provenances, especially, are the key element to any protocols a collector must employ to determine the details of a Golden Age Radio Series or recording. This section will attempt to provide you with as many resources as we can compile to assist you with your research projects. We welcome any and all suggestions to help expand this section to the benefit of all.

There are more sources of research materials and than most of us can imagine, but for the most part they'll fall into a few common categories. Some you'll have already considered or employed, and some may surprise you. Here's some of the more obvious places to start your research:

  • Brick and Mortar Libraries
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Historical Societies
  • Museums
  • Book Stores

Here's some you may or may not have considered:

  • The Internet
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Advertisers from The Golden Age of Radio
  • Radio Collecting Societies and Clubs
  • Specialized Radio Museums
  • Presidential Libraries of the Era
  • Individual Collectors
  • Radio Scripts
  • Newspaper 'morgues' in virtually any major city

The Internet is one of the fastest growing resources for researching all manner of nostalgia, ephemera, antiques, and both preservation and restoration activities. We hope to assemble an extensive list of Internet Resources applicable to every facet of The Golden Age Radio Collecting hobby. You're welcome -- and encouraged -- to both share and contribute to this growing list of active resources.

If you're on a high-speed internet connection you'll be in a better position to pursue research on the internet, but if you're still on a dial-up telephone modem connection, this list of links will save you hours of time, pinpointing the resources you find most helpful.


  • The Antique Wireless Association Museum (1952 - present)

    The Antique Wireless Association Museum
    Edward Gable, Curator
    187 Lighthouse Road
    Hilton, New York 14468
    Phone: (585) 392-3088
    egable@rochester.rr.com

  • The Radio History Society's Radio - Television Museum (1999 - present)

    RHS Radio - Television Museum
    2608 Mitchellville Rd
    Bowie, Maryland
    Phone: (301) 390-1020

  • The American Museum of Radio and Electricity (1985 - present)

    The American Museum of Radio and Electricity
    1312 Bay Street
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    Phone: (360) 738.3886
    FAX: 360.738.3472

  • The Museum of Radio and Technology (1985 - present)

    The Museum of Radio and Technology
    1640 Florence Ave
    Huntington WV 25701
    Phone: (304) 525-8890

  • The Shortwave Radio Listener's QSL Card Museum

    What are QSL Cards? Beginning in 1912, a system of universal codes were developed for early amateur radio transmissions, to allow radio station operators a language-neutral means of confirming or communicating elements of their transmissions. Here's a summary of the "Q" codes commonly employed:

    Code
    Meaning Sample use
    "Q" Codes commonly used in amateur radio practice
    QRL
    Is this frequency busy? Used almost exclusively with Morse code
    QRM
    Man-made interference There's another QSO up 2 kHz that's causing you a lot of QRM
    QRN
    Static crashes The band is noisy today; I'm hearing a lot of QRN
    QRO
    Increase transmitting power I need to QRO when propagation is poor.
    QRP
    Low(er your) transmitting power I'm using a QRP transmitter here, running only 3 watts
    QRS
    Send your Morse code more slowly Please QRS, I'm new to Morse code
    QRT
    Stop sending I've enjoyed talking to you, but I have to QRT for dinner now
    QRV
    Ready to receive Will you be QRV in the upcoming contest?
    QRX
    Hang on a minute, I'll be right back Please QRX one
    QRZ
    Who is calling me? QRZ? I hear someone calling, but you're very weak
    QSB
    Fading of signal I'm hearing a lot of QSB on your signal
    QSL
    Acknowledge receipt I QSL your last transmission
    QSO
    A conversation with another ham Thanks very much for the QSO
    QSY
    Change frequency Let's QSY up 5 kilohertz
    QTH
    Location My QTH is South Park, Colorado
    QTR
    Exact time QTR is 2000 Z

    In order to prove or ensure that a transmission was received, the receiving party would send the transmitting party a 'QSL Card' acknoledging the transmission. Early radio networks utilized QSL cards as a means of determining their signal strength -- and advertiser's reach -- to the surrounding communities, providing promotional incentives on the QSL Card itself, to encourage literners in the areas being canvassed to return them to the transmitting station. They could then use the count of the resulting received QSL cards to 'sell' their 'advertising power and reach' to potential advertisers. Many Golden Age Radio Collectors have extensive collections of QSL Cards dating back as many as 90 years.

  • The Telephone Museum of Gridley Illinois (2000 - present)

    The Telephone Museum Foundation of Gridley
    318 N. Center Street
    Gridley, Illinois 61744
    Phone: (309) 747-3177

  • The Bell System Memorial Online Museum (1997 - present)

    The Bell System Memorial Website
    David Massey
    2853 Spicewood Lane
    Kennesaw,GA,US 30152
    Phone: 770-426-5715

  • Broadcasting In Chicago (1929 - 1989); An On-line Museum of Chicago Broadcast History


  • The Thousand Oaks Library Foundation's American Radio Archive, City of Thousand Oaks, California (1984 - present)
    Highlights: Rudy Vallee, Carlton E. Morse, Fletcher Markle and Norman Corwin Collections
    Thousand Oaks Library
    1401 E. Janss Road
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
    Phone: (805) 449-2660

  • Brigham Young University's L. Tom Perry Special Collections Arts & Communicatiosn Archives (1957 - present)

    Bringham Young University
    5030 Harold B. Lee Library
    Provo, UT 84602

    Phone: (801) 422-3175 (reference)

  • The Doheny Library of The University of Southern California (1932 - present)

    Doheny Memorial Library
    3550 Trousdale Parkway
    University Park Campus
    Los Angeles CA 90089-0185
    Phone: (213) 740 2924

  • Bowling Green State University's Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives (1897 - present)

    Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives
    Wm. T. Jerome Library, Third Floor
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, OH 43403

    Phone: (419) 372-2307
    Fax: (419) 372-7996.

  • The University of Maryland's Library of American Broadcasting (1972 - present) a.k.a., Broadcast Pioneers Library

    Library of American Broadcasting
    Hornbake Library
    University of Maryland
    College Park, MD 20742
    Phone: (301) 405-9160
    Fax: (301) 314-2634

  • The University of Maryland's National Public Broadcasting Archives (1990 - present)

    National Public Broadcasting Archives
    University of Maryland
    College Park, MD 20742
    Hours: 10 am - 5 pm, Monday-Friday
    Phone: 301-405-9160
    Fax: 301-314-2634

  • The Media History Project of The School of Journalism and Mass Communication, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

    The School of Journalism and Mass Communication
    College of Liberal Arts
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus
    101 Pleasant Street S.E.
    Minneapolis, MN 55455


  • The Vitaphone Project (1991 - present)

    The Vitaphone Project
    Corresponding Secretary

    5 Meade Court
    P
    iscataway, NJ 08854
    Phone: (732) 463-8521
    FAX: (732) 463-8521

  • The Radio GoldIndex Database (1967 - present)

    Radio GoldInDex Database
    J. David Goldin

    P.O. Box 542
    Newtown, CT. 06470
    Fax: 203-426-2525
    Phone: 203-426-2524 (after 11:00 A. M. eastern time only)




  • Western Electric History Website (1997 - present)

    Western Electric History
    David Massey
    2853 Spicewood Lane
    Kennesaw,GA,US 30152
    Phone: 770-426-5715



Copyright Legislation has devolved into an absurd, 1984-esque quagmire of open ended copyright extensions, granted across the board to all intellectual property authors, artists, originators, heirs or assignees, irrespective of the wishes of the originators, living or dead -- and in a new, even more absurd class of assignees, whether or not a copyright had ever been applied for in the first place.

Obviously, none of this has anything whatsoever to do with genuine protection of 'artistic' intellectual property created prior to 1964, but again, irrespective of the wishes of the originator or heirs, the latest round of extensions and legislation places an onerous -- or even impossible -- burden upon the orginators or heirs to place a covered work into the Public Domain.

Don't look to the Copyright Office for anything other than routine copyright research, since even the Copyright Office has been forced to demur to any request to clarify or unravel the absurd current state of affairs where Golden Age Radio material prior to 1964 is concerned.

I can, however, gategorically attest that Copyright Office personnel are some of the most helpful government personnel I've ever dealt with in my attempts to ascertain the status of previously copyright covered works.

Here are some invaluable official publications and legal opinions which may help you navigate the murky waters of current copyright law and rulings:


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Volume 1, Set 2:

Smiths of Hollywood
The Marriage
Unit 99
Stand By for Crime!

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Vol. 1, Set 3:

Cruise of The Poll Parrot
The Green Lama
Rocky Fortune
Luke Slaughter of Tombstone

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Vol. 1, Set 4:

Stay Tuned for Terror
The Weird Circle
Dark Fantasy
Zero Hour


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Vol. 1, Set 5:

Diamond Dramas
Bradbury Thirteen
Advs. of Frank Race
General Mills Radio Adv. Theatre

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Vol. 1, Set 6:

Academy Award Theater
Frontier Gentleman
Philo Vance: Detective
Frontier Town

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Vol. 1, Set 7:

Fort Laramie
Family Doctor
Damon Runyon Theatre
Police Headquarters

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Vol. 1, Set 8:

American Trail
Frontier Fighters
I Love Adventure
The Adventurers Club

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Vol. 1, Set 9:

Red Ryder
Flash Gordon
The Wonder Show
The Campbell Playhouse

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Vol. 1, Set 10:

The Price of Fear
Murder At Midnight
Strange Wills
The Sealed Book

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Vol. 1, Set 11:

Stroke of Fate
Strange Dr. Weird
Macabre
The Hermit's Cave

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Vol. 1, Set 12:

Forecast
Point Sublime
Terror By Night
Mystery In The Air

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