1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 7, 2021 12:11 PM by Lori Norris

    Seeking recording by State Department of Porgy & Bess

    william beezley Newbie

      According to the New York Times, 10 Mar 1946: X5.  The State Department in 1946 prepared a record of excepts from Porgy and Bess sung in German.  Emanuel List, the Vienna-born opera singer who had come to the US in 1933, sang as Porgy. The US distributed copies of the record across Austria.  I am searching for additional information on this recording and its distribution.

        • Re: Seeking recording by State Department of Porgy & Bess
          Lori Norris Wayfarer

          Dear William Beezley,


          Thank you for posting your request to History Hub!


          The National Archives at College Park has custody of the Records of the United States Information Agency (Record Group 306).  These records are a consolidation of all the foreign information activities of the U.S. Government.  Since you are requesting information about a recording, we suggest that you contact the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Holdings at the National Archives at College Park through email: mopix@nara.gov.  We have a staff member who specializes in United States Information Agency records and may be able to assist you further on the matter.


          For more information about the United States Information Agency records, the Record Group 306 page on our website can provide more details.  The Records of Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State (RG 84) may also be of interest to your research.


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          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!