Richard Hess Mullin-Palmer Tape Restoration Project Collection
- Physical description
- 54 open reel tapes, approx. 110 digital files (6 boxes)
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Archive of Recorded Sound
Finding aidOnline Archive of California
- Hess, Richard L., collector.
- Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
- Finding aid
- Finding aid available online
- Organization & arrangement
- This collection is divided into five series. The first four are grouped according to the source of the original tapes. 1. Palmer-Mullin (via Jim Wheeler) 2. Eve Mullin Collier 3. Pavek Museum of Broadcasting 4. Don Ososke 5. Documentation.
- The Richard Hess Collection chronicles the early history of magnetic tape recording in the United States. The tapes were assembled and reformatted by engineer and researcher Richard L. Hess from 2003 to 2008. At the end of World War II, Jack Mullin recovered examples of German tape recording technology and, along with business partner Bill Palmer, approached Ampex with the idea of manufacturing tape recorders. Entertainer Bing Crosby was an enthusiastic early adopter, and this collection is largely recordings used in the production of his Philco Radio Time programs.
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- Title variation
- Hess (Richard) Collection
- Mullin-Palmer Tape Restoration Project
- Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive for assistance. Digital files are only available at Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound.
- Location of originals
- Reels in the first series are physically held at the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound. All other transfers are from tape recordings from other institutions or individuals.
- The Archive also holds the Ampex Collection Addenda, ARS0109, which contains some related material.
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