Wednesday, June 17, 2009

National Recording Registry Adds Zora Neale Hurston and Dylan Thomas to Library

Twenty-five culturally significant recordings--including Their Eyes Were Watching God author Zora Neale Hurston on "The Mary Margaret McBride Program" on January 25, 1943 and Dylan Thomas's 1952 reading of A Child's Christmas in Wales--will be preserved in a special sound archive. 

Every year the Library of Congress selects sound recordings to include in the National Recording Registry. The recordings are nominated by members of the public and a panel of music, sound, and preservation experts, the library's National Recording Preservation Board. The panel also aids the appointed librarian at the Library of Congress in selecting what recordings to add to the archive. 

Besides Zora Neale Hurston and Dylan Thomas, this year's additions also include such signature audio performances such as The Who's 1966 album The Who Sings My Generation and the hilarious Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner 1961 comedy routine 2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. With these 25 new additions the archive now contains 275 fragments of sound. 

To see the complete list of the recent sound inductees and to hear samples of these culturally significant recordings, please visit the National Recording Preservation Board website.

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