Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications
This accession consists of audiotapes created during the production of a number of radio specials titled "American Roots" and a proposed radio program titled "American Routes." Both programs featured traditional and contemporary music from across the country and were hosted by Nicholas R. Spitzer. There were multiple "American Roots" specials that were aired on several national patriotic holidays. Recordings of concerts at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts were used in these programs and some of the source material was also used in the radio series "Folk Masters from the Barns of Wolf Trap." "American Routes" was never fully produced. It had a similar theme to "American Roots," but used recordings from a variety of sources. Materials include original recordings, safety copies, interviews, and demos.
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- Spitzer, Nicholas R.
- Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
- American Roots (Radio program)
- American Routes (Proposed radio program)
- Folk Masters from the Barns of Wolf Trap (Radio program)
- Music -- United States
- Music -- History and criticism
- Radio programs
- Radio -- Production and direction
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-184, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions