RPTF/ARSC Sound Collections Database
- Ishmael Reed, African-American novelist, poet, and publisher, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on February 22, 1938. Reed moved with his mother to Buffalo, New York in 1942. His mother worked in various wartime industries and Reed attended public schools, graduating in 1956. He also played violin and trombone and began writing a newspaper column on jazz for the Empire Star Weekly when he was thirteen. He enrolled as an evening student at Millard Fillmore College, the night school division of the University of Buffalo, and worked as a clerk at the Buffalo public library during the day. His writing ability was quickly recognized, and he moved into the bachelor of arts program at the University of Buffalo. He withdrew in 1960 because of a "dire shortage of funds" (Gates) and a "wide gap between social classes" (Gates). To escape "the artificial social and class distinctions that he associated with American university education," (Gates) he moved to Buffalo's Talbert Mall Project. Daily exposure to systematic poverty cycles in the projects led him to political activism in the civil rights and Black Power movements.
- Content types:
- Performed music, Spoken word, Two-dimensional moving image, Text, and Still image
- Pressed LP disc, LaserDisc, Open reel tape (unknown material), Analog audiocassette, VHS (including SVHS and VHS-C), Betamax, Text document, Photographic print, and Microfilm
- Approximately 20 recordings, microfilm, 65 feet
- University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
- Online finding aid:
- View on www.lib.udel.edu
- A description of 110,000 recorded radio programs.
- Content types:
- Performed music, Sounds (Other than music & language), Spoken word, Text, and Two-dimensional moving image
- Pressed LP disc, Pressed 78rpm disc, Lacquer disc, Optical disc (including CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, VCD), Metal disc, LaserDisc, MiniDisc, Cylinder, Sound wire reel, Analog audiocassette, Digital Audio Tape (DAT), Polyester open reel tape, Acetate open reel tape, Paper open reel tape, and Digital audio file (including MP3, WAV, AIFF, etc.)
- J. David Goldin