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WNUR Audiotape Recordings

Identifier: 76/20/1

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Scope and Contents

This collection of audiotape recordings spans the period 1955-1986, though it primarily consists of reels dating from the years 1964 through 1975. The recordings deal with various topics relevant to Northwestern University as well as to contemporary social and political issues, though musical performances are also included. Notable speakers documented on the recordings include student leaders James Turner and Eva Jefferson; political figures Menachem Begin, Eugene McCarthy, John Kenneth Galbraith, William Clark, Otto Kerner, Charles Percy, Julian Bond, William Kuntsler, William Proxmire, Harold Washington, Newton Minow, and Everett Dirkson; and performers Dick Gregory, Keith Emerson, David Bromberg, Flora Purim, and the Gang of Four. Numerous individual topics, events, or shows are recorded over multiple reels. Some of these include: the Mock Political Convention; a Martin Luther King Documentary; Northwestern Answers Selma: the Civil Rights Rally; Inside Northwestern University; a Discussion of Playboy Philosophy; Live Coverage of Northwestern Homecoming 1964; the Dedication of the J. Roscoe Miller Campus of Northwestern University; the Waa-Mu Show; and 1970 Strike Coverage. Recordings are presented either as open reels or as Fidelipac cartridge systems.


  • 1955 - 1986


Conditions Governing Access

Collection may contain sensitive materials; consultation with University Archivist required prior to use.


10 Boxes

Language of Materials



This collection includes 300 audio recordings of notable WNUR broadcasts. The topics of the recordings range from general aspects of Northwestern University life, student activities and performances, to various social and political speeches and meetings.


Audiotapes arranged numerically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The series is formed from recordings acquired by the Northwestern University Archives as accessions 85-230, 95-70, 95-209, and 96-147.

Existence and Location of Copies

Reels 50-52 (Dick Gregory at Symposium '68, reel 1/2; Dick Gregory at Symposium '68, reel 2/2; Dick Gregory interview) have been digitized.

Separated Materials


Guide to the WNUR Audiotape Recordings
Nick Cizek and Tim Garrett
May-June, 2009
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US