4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 29, 2020 12:40 PM by E Samantha Cheng

    Seeking VOA "Chinese Activities" by Betty Sung

    E Samantha Cheng Newbie

      I am trying to locate the transcripts or voice recordings from the Voice of America recordings of "Chinese Activities" segments written in 1949-1954 by Dr. Betty Lee Sung.

        • Re: Seeking VOA "Chinese Activities" by Betty Sung
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Cheng,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 17 record series of Voice of America sound recordings from the 1940s and 1950s, but we were unable to locate a specific listing for transcriptions or voice recordings for the "Chinese Activities" segments by Betty Sung. It is possible that there may be some among more recent Voice of America accessions that have not been described in the Catalog yet.  For more information about access to these recordings, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM) via email at mopix@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDSM. The RDSM staff members are teleworking and do not have direct access to these records. Also, all NARA research rooms currently are closed.


          Even under normal circumstances, limitations of time and staff preclude RDSM from reviewing the large volume of records that may pertain to your inquiry.  It is possible that further extended searching by you or your representative may eventually yield some pertinent records.  When NARA reopens, RDSM will be happy to make appropriate records and finding aids available to you or your representative in the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Holdings research room at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland.  You also have the option to hire a researcher. For the latest information about when NARA research rooms will reopen, please visit https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus


          We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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          • Re: Seeking VOA "Chinese Activities" by Betty Sung
            Alice Lane Navigator

            Hi Samantha,

            Welcome to History Hub

            This is not the video that you seek but this is very interesting

            by Betty Sung.


            Found this in the NARA Archives has list of names and email address of employees of

            the VOA https://www.insidevoa.com/a/voa-experts/3834958.html


            Alice Lane

            Research Volunteer

              • Re: Seeking VOA "Chinese Activities" by Betty Sung
                E Samantha Cheng Newbie

                Hey Alice:


                I am NOT looking for video but for the actual recordings of a segment called "Chinese Activities" that were written by Dr. Sung from 1949-1953 for the Voice of America (VOA). I understand that NARA is the repository for all things VOA. Does NARA's records of the VOA go back that far? She wrote at least three scripts a week for everyday broadcast. It should be quite a substantial collection. Thanks again for email. It is much appreciated.