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Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech was one of the 50 recordings added on the first year of existence of the United States National Recording Registry.

The National Recording Registry is a list of sound recordings that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States." The registry was established by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000,[1] which created the National Recording Preservation Board, whose members are appointed by the Librarian of Congress. The recordings preserved in the United States National Recording Registry form a registry of recordings selected yearly by the National Recording Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress.[2]

The legislative intent of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 was to develop a national program to guard America's sound recording heritage. The Act resulted in the formations of the National Recording Registry, The National Recording Preservation Board and a fund-raising foundation to aid their efforts.[3] The act established the Registry specifically for the purpose of maintaining and preserving sound recordings and collections of sound recordings that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.[1] Beginning in 2002, the National Recording Preservation Board began selecting nominated recordings each year to be preserved.

The first four yearly lists included 50 selections. However, since 2006, 25 recordings have been selected annually. Thus, a total of 250 recordings have been preserved in the Registry as of 2008. Each year, open nominations are accepted until July 1 for inclusion in that year's list of selections to be announced the following spring. Thus, nominations for the 2008 list to be announced in the spring of 2009 had to be submitted by July 1, 2008 although nominations are accepted year round.[2][4] Nominations are made in the following categories:

  • Blues
  • Broadway/Musical Theatre/Soundtrack
  • Cajun/Zydeco/"Swamp"
  • Children's recordings
  • Choral
  • Classical
  • Comedy/Novelty
  • Country/Bluegrass
  • Documentary/Broadcast/Spoken Word
  • Environmental
  • Field
  • Folk/Ethnic
  • Gospel/Spiritual
  • Jazz
  • Latin
  • Pop (pre-1955)
  • Pop (post-1955)
  • R&B
  • Radio
  • Rap
  • Technology

Each yearly list has often included a few recordings that have also been selected for inclusion in the holdings of the National Archives' audiovisual collection. Those recordings on the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry that are of a political nature will tend to overlap with the audiovisual collection of the National Archives. The list shows overlapping items and whether the National Archives has an original or a copy of the recording.


Selection criteria

The criteria for selection are as follows:[5]

  • Recordings selected for the National Recording Registry are those that are culturally, historically or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.
  • For the purposes of recording selection, "sound recordings" are defined as works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds, but not including the sound component of a moving image work, unless it is available as an autonomous sound recording or is the only extant component of the work.
  • Recordings may be a single item or group of related items; published or unpublished; and may contain music, non-music, spoken word, or broadcast sound.
  • Recordings will not be considered for inclusion into the National Recording Registry if no copy of the recording exists.
  • No recording should be denied inclusion into the National Recording Registry because that recording has already been preserved.
  • No recording is eligible for inclusion into the National Recording Registry until ten years after the recording's creation.


In January 2003, the following 50 selections were made by the National Recording Preservation Board.[6]

Selected exhibitions recording for the phonograph were added in 2002.
Louis Armstrong was one of American music's most important and influential figures. The sessions preserved in the registry, and his solos in particular, set a standard musicians still strive to equal in their beauty and innovation.[6]
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band's "Tiger Rag" launched jazz as a music genre, and is preserved in the registry.
"Down-Hearted Blues" was the first release by "Empress of the Blues" Bessie Smith.
Booker T. Washington recreated his controversial 1895 Atlanta Exposition Speech in 1906.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Fireside Chats" "redefined the relationship between the president and the American people."[6]
Orson Welles' 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio drama created alarm and panic across the United States.
Recording or collection Performer or agent Year National
Edison exhibition recordings (Group of three cylinders):[7]
  • "Around the World on the Phonograph"
  • "The Pattison Waltz"
  • "Fifth Regiment March"
Thomas Edison 1888–1889
Passamaquoddy Indians field recordings Recorded by Jesse Walter Fewkes 1890
"Stars and Stripes Forever"
(Berliner Gramophone disc recording)
Military Band 1897
Metropolitan Opera cylinder recordings (the Mapleson Cylinders) Lionel Mapleson and the Metropolitan Opera 1900–1903
Ragtime compositions piano rolls Scott Joplin 1900s
1895 Atlanta Exposition speech Booker T. Washington 1906 recreation copy
"Vesti la giubba" from Pagliacci Enrico Caruso 1907
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Fisk Jubilee Singers 1909
Lovey's Trinidad String Band Lovey's Trinidad String Band 1912
"Casey at the Bat" DeWolf Hopper 1915
"Tiger Rag" Original Dixieland Jazz Band 1918
"Arkansas Traveler" and "Sallie Gooden" Eck Robertson 1922
"Down-Hearted Blues" Bessie Smith 1923
Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin, piano; Paul Whiteman Orchestra 1924
Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven 1925–1928
Victor Talking Machine Company sessions in Bristol, Tennessee Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Stoneman, and others 1927
Harvard Vocarium record series T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden and others 1930–1940s
Highlander Center Field Recordings Collection Rosa Parks, Esau Jenkins and others 1930s–1980s
Bell Laboratories experimental stereo recordings Philadelphia Orchestra; Leopold Stokowski, conductor 1931–1932
"Fireside Chats" radio broadcasts[A] Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933–1944 original
"New Music Quarterly" recordings series Henry Cowell, producer 1934–1949
Description of the crash of the Hindenburg Herbert Morrison May 6, 1937 original
"Who's on First?"
First radio broadcast version
Abbott and Costello March, 1938
"War of the Worlds" Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre October 30, 1938 copy
"God Bless America"
Radio broadcast premiere
Kate Smith November 11, 1938
The Cradle Will Rock
(Marc Blitzstein)
Original cast 1938
The John and Ruby Lomax Southern States Recording Trip John and Ruby Lomax 1939
Grand Ole Opry
First network radio broadcast
Uncle Dave Macon, Roy Acuff, and others October 14, 1939
"Strange Fruit" Billie Holiday 1939
Blanton-Webster era recordings Duke Ellington Orchestra 1940–1942
Béla Bartók and Joseph Szigeti in Concert at the Library of Congress Béla Bartók, piano; Joseph Szigeti, violin 1940
The Rite of Spring Igor Stravinsky conducting the New York Philharmonic 1940
"White Christmas" Bing Crosby 1942
"This Land Is Your Land" Woody Guthrie 1944
D-Day radio address to
the Allied Nations
Dwight D. Eisenhower June 6, 1944 original
"Ko Ko" ("Ko-Ko") Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and others 1945
"Blue Moon of Kentucky" Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys 1947
"How High the Moon" Les Paul and Mary Ford 1951
Sun Records sessions Elvis Presley 1954–1955
Songs for Young Lovers Frank Sinatra 1954
"Dance Mania" Tito Puente 1958
Kind of Blue Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, and others 1959
"What'd I Say," parts 1 and 2 Ray Charles 1959
"I Have a Dream" speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. August 28, 1963 copy
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 1963
"Respect" Aretha Franklin 1967
Philomel: For Soprano Bethany Beardslee, recorded soprano,
and synthesized sound
Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Gospel Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey Thomas A. Dorsey,
Marion Williams,
and others
Crescent City Living Legends Collection
(New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Archive/WWOZ New Orleans)
"The Message" Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five 1982


In March 2004, the following 50 selections were made by the National Recording Preservation Board.[8]

"He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands" was one of Marian Anderson’s favorite spirituals, and she often performed it at the conclusion of her recitals.[8]
O. Winston Link's recordings of the sounds produced by a variety of locomotive models capture "the unique and now-lost sounds of the engines which united the United States."[8]
Carole King's Tapestry has sold over 25,000,000 copies; the album is credited with proving the audience for soft rock.[9]
The Cole Porter Songbook was the first of Ella Fitzgerald's many anthologies.
Recording or collection Performer or agent Year National
"The Lord’s Prayer" and
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
Emile Berliner c. 1888
"Honolulu Cake Walk" Vess Ossman 1898
Victor Releases Bert Williams and
George Walker
"You're a Grand Old Rag [Flag]" Billy Murray 1906
Chippewa/Ojibwe Cylinder Collection Frances Densmore 1907–1910
The Bubble Book
(the first Bubble Book)
"Cross of Gold"
Speech re-enactment
William Jennings Bryan 1921
Cylinder recordings
of African-American Music
Guy B. Johnson 1920s
"OKeh Laughing Record" Lucie Bernardo and Otto Rathke 1922
"Adeste Fideles" Associated Glee Clubs of America 1925
Cajun-Creole Columbia releases Amadé Ardoin and
Dennis McGee
"Goodnight, Irene" Lead Belly 1933
"Every Man a King" speech Huey P. Long February 23, 1935 copy
"He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands" Marian Anderson 1936
The Complete Recordings Robert Johnson 1936–1937
Interviews conducted by Alan Lomax Jelly Roll Morton, Alan Lomax 1938
Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert Benny Goodman 1938
Complete day of radio broadcasting, WJSV (Washington, D.C.) WJSV, Washington, D.C. September 21, 1939 original
"New San Antonio Rose" Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 1940
World Series-Game Four New York Yankees
vs. Brooklyn Dodgers
October 5, 1941
Bach B-Minor Mass Robert Shaw Chorale 1947
Beethoven String Quartets Budapest Quartet 1940–1950
Porgy and Bess
(George Gershwin)
Original cast 1940, 1942
(Rodgers and Hammerstein)
Original cast 1943
Othello Paul Robeson, Uta Hagen,
José Ferrer, and others
The Four Seasons (Vivaldi) Louis Kaufman and
the Concert Hall String Orchestra
Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord"


John Kirkpatrick 1948
Steam locomotive recordings, 6 vol. O. Winston Link 1957–1977
Pictures at an Exhibition (Modest Mussorgsky)
Rafael Kubelík conducting
the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
"Problems of the American Home" Billy Graham 1954
Goldberg Variations (Bach) Glenn Gould 1955
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook Ella Fitzgerald 1956
"Roll Over Beethoven" Chuck Berry 1956
Brilliant Corners Thelonious Monk 1956
Complete Ring Cycle (Richard Wagner)
Georg Solti and
the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Winds in Hi-Fi Eastman Wind Ensemble
with Frederick Fennell
Mingus Ah-Um Charles Mingus 1959
New York Taxi Driver Tony Schwartz 1959
"Crazy" Patsy Cline 1961
Kennedy Inauguration Ceremony John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
Robert Frost, and others
January 20, 1961 original
Judy at Carnegie Hall Judy Garland 1961
"I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)" Otis Redding 1965
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles 1967
At Folsom Prison Johnny Cash 1968
Ali Akbar College of Music,
Archive Selections
What's Going On Marvin Gaye 1971
Tapestry Carole King 1971
A Prairie Home Companion
First broadcast
Garrison Keillor July 6, 1974
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen 1975
Live at Yankee Stadium Fania All-Stars 1975


In April 2005, the following 50 selections were made by the National Recording Preservation Board.[10]

The traditional pop music song "Fascinating Rhythm," sung by Fred and Adele Astaire in Lady, Be Good, was preserved in 2004.
The NBC's coverage of Colonel Lindbergh in Washington was an important achievement for the network, and involved reporters in three locations in the city.
In spite of the controversy surrounding MacArthur at the time, his farewell speech to congress is noted for its eloquence and effectiveness.[10]
"Houston. Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed.... I’m going to step off the LEM now. That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Neil Armstrong's words upon landing on the moon "have become some of the most recognizable and memorable sentences spoken in United States history."[10]
Recording or collection Performer or agent Year National
"Gypsy Love Song" Eugene Cowles 1898
"Some of These Days" Sophie Tucker 1911
"The Castles in Europe One-Step
(Castle House Rag)"
Europe’s Society Orchestra 1914
"Swanee" Al Jolson 1920
Armistice Day radio broadcast Woodrow Wilson November 10, 1923 original
"See See Rider" Gertrude "Ma" Rainey 1923
"Charleston" Golden Gate Orchestra 1925
"Fascinating Rhythm"
Fred and
Adele Astaire;
George Gershwin, piano
NBC radio coverage of
Charles A. Lindbergh’s
arrival and reception
in Washington, D.C.
June 11, 1927 copy
"Stardust" Hoagy Carmichael 1927
"Blue Yodel (T for Texas)" Jimmie Rodgers 1927
"Ain't Misbehavin'" Thomas "Fats" Waller 1929
"Gregorio Cortez" Trovadores Regionales 1929
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano;
Leopold Stokowski, conductor;
Philadelphia Orchestra
"The Suncook Town Tragedy" Mabel Wilson Tatro
July 1930
Oral narrative from
the Lorenzo D. Turner Collection
Rosina Cohen 1932
"Stormy Weather" Ethel Waters 1933
"Body and Soul" Coleman Hawkins 1939
Peter and the Wolf
(Sergey Prokofiev)
Serge Koussevitzky, conductor;
Richard Hale, narrator;
Boston Symphony Orchestra
"In the Mood" Glenn Miller and His Orchestra 1939
Broadcasts from London Edward R. Murrow 1940 copy
We Hold These Truths
(Norman Corwin)
December 15, 1941 original
Piano Concerto No. 1, op. 23, Bb minor
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
Vladimir Horowitz, piano;
Arturo Toscanini; conductor;
NBC Symphony Orchestra
"Down by the Riverside" Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1944
U. S. Highball
(A Musical Account of
a Transcontinental Hobo Trip)
Harry Partch, Gate 5 Ensemble 1946
Four Saints in Three Acts (Virgil Thomson) Original cast 1947
"Manteca" Dizzy Gillespie Big Band
with Chano Pozo
The Jack Benny Program Jack Benny March 28, 1948
"Foggy Mountain Breakdown" Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs 1949
"Lovesick Blues" Hank Williams 1949
Guys & Dolls Original cast 1950
"Old Soldiers Never Die"
(Farewell Address to the United States Congress)
General Douglas MacArthur April 19, 1951 copy
Songs by Tom Lehrer Tom Lehrer 1953
"Hoochie Coochie Man" Muddy Waters 1954
"Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)" The Penguins 1954
Tuskegee Institute Choir Sings Spirituals Tuskegee Institute Choir,
directed by William L. Dawson
Messiah Eugene Ormandy, conductor;
Richard P. Condie, choir director;
Mormon Tabernacle Choir;
Philadelphia Orchestra
Giant Steps John Coltrane 1959
Drums of Passion Michael Babatunde Olatunji 1960
Peace Be Still James Cleveland 1962
"The Girl from Ipanema"
(Garota de Ipanema)
Stan Getz,
João Gilberto,
Antonio Carlos Jobim,
Astrud Gilberto
Live at the Apollo James Brown 1963
Pet Sounds The Beach Boys 1966
King James version of the Bible Alexander Scourby 1966
Remarks broadcast from the moon Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong July 21, 1969 original
At Fillmore East The Allman Brothers Band 1971
Star Wars (Soundtrack) John Williams 1977
Recordings of Asian elephants Katharine B. Payne 1984
Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy 1990
Nevermind Nirvana 1991


In April 2006, the following 50 selections were made by the National Recording Preservation Board.[11]

An athlete, a gentleman and a scholar, Robeson used his diverse talents to pave a successful career as a performer and become active in sociopolitical affairs.
Count Basie, prominent band leader during the big band era, influenced many musicians of his day.
Archibald MacLeish, Librarian of Congress and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
Former champion Max Schmeling handed Joe Louis his first loss.
B. B. King and his guitar Lucille.
Stevie Wonder has been awarded over 20 Grammy Awards. His 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life won the Grammy that year for Album of the Year.
Recording or collection Performer or agent Year National
"Canzone del Porter"
from Martha (von Flotow)
Edouard de Reszke 1903
"Listen to the Lambs" Hampton Quartette;
recorded by Natalie Curtis Burlin
"Over There" Nora Bayes 1917
"Crazy Blues" Mamie Smith 1920
"My Man" and "Second Hand Rose" Fanny Brice 1921
"Ory’s Creole Trombone" Kid Ory June 1922
Coolidge Inauguration Ceremony Calvin Coolidge March 4, 1925
"Tanec Pid Werbamy/
Dance Under the Willows"
Pawlo Humeniuk 1926
"Singin’ the Blues" Frankie Trumbauer and
His Orchestra
with Bix Beiderbecke
First official transatlantic
telephone conversation
W.S. Gifford and Sir Evelyn P. Murray January 7, 1927 original
"El Manisero" ("The Peanut Vendor")
(Two versions)
Rita Montaner,
vocal with orchestra;
Don Azpiazu and
His Havana Casino orchestra
Light's Golden Jubilee Celebration October 21, 1929 copy
Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Op. 84 Modesto High School Band 1930
Show Boat Helen Morgan, Paul Robeson,
James Melton and others;
Victor Young, conductor;
Louis Alter, piano
"Wabash Cannonball" Roy Acuff 1936
"One O'Clock Jump" Count Basie and His Orchestra 1937
"Fall of the City" (Columbia Workshop) Orson Welles, narrator;
Burgess Meredith, Paul Stewart
April 11, 1937 copy
The Adventures of Robin Hood
(Erich Wolfgang Korngold)
May 11, 1938
Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight Clem McCarthy, announcer June 22, 1938
"John the Revelator" Golden Gate Quartet 1938
"Adagio for Strings" Arturo Toscanini, conductor;
NBC Symphony
November 5, 1938
Command Performance,
show No. 21
Bob Hope, master of ceremonies July 7, 1942 copy
"Straighten Up and Fly Right" Nat “King” Cole 1943
The Fred Allen Show Fred Allen October 7, 1945
"Jole Blon (Jolie Blonde)" Harry Choates 1946
Tubby the Tuba Victor Jory 1946
"Move On Up a Little Higher" Mahalia Jackson 1948
Anthology of American Folk Music Edited by Harry Smith 1952
"Schooner Bradley" Pat Bonner 1952–60
Damnation of Faust Boston Symphony Orchestra
with the Harvard Glee Club
and Radcliffe Choral Society
"Blueberry Hill" Fats Domino 1956
Variations for Orchestra
Representative of the Louisville Orchestra
First Edition Recordings series
Louisville Orchestra 1956
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On" Jerry Lee Lewis 1957
"That'll Be the Day" The Crickets 1957
Poeme Electronique Edgard Varèse 1958
Time Out The Dave Brubeck Quartet 1959
Studs Terkel interview
with James Baldwin
Representative of the Studs Terkel Collection at the Chicago History Museum (formerly the Chicago Historical Society)
Studs Terkel, James Baldwin September 29, 1962
United States Military Academy address William Faulkner April 19-20, 1962
"Dancing in the Street" Martha and the Vandellas 1964
Live at the Regal B.B. King 1965
Are You Experienced The Jimi Hendrix Experience 1967
We're Only in It for the Money Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention 1968
Switched-On Bach Wendy Carlos 1968
"Oh Happy Day" Edwin Hawkins Singers 1969
Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers Firesign Theatre 1970
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" Gil Scott-Heron 1970
Will the Circle Be Unbroken Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1972
The old foghorn, Kewaunee, Wisconsin Recorded by James A. Lipsky 1972
Songs in the Key of Life Stevie Wonder 1976
Daydream Nation Sonic Youth 1988


On March 6, 2007, the following 25 selections were made by the National Recording Preservation Board.[12]

Cal Stewart was among the most prolific and popular recording artists of the first 20 years of commercial recording.
President Roosevelt signs the declaration of war against Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the "date which will live in infamy".
Folk singer Pete Seeger adapted a gospel song, "I Shall Overcome", by changing "I" to "We", and it became a standard for the civil rights movement.
Recording or collection Performer or agent Year National
"Uncle Josh and the Insurance Agent" Cal Stewart 1904
"Il Mio Tesoro" John McCormack; orchestra
conducted by Walter Rogers
National Defense Test General John J. Pershing September 12, 1924 copy
"Black Bottom Stomp" Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers 1926
"Wildwood Flower" Carter Family 1928
"Pony Blues" Charley Patton 1929
"You're the Top" Cole Porter 1934
The Lone Ranger
Episode: "The Osage Bank Robbery"
Earle Graser, John Todd December 17, 1937
"Day of Infamy" speech to Congress Franklin D. Roosevelt December 8, 1941 copy
Native Brazilian music recorded
under the supervision of Leopold Stokowski
Pixinguinha, Donga, Cartola,
Jararaca, Ratinho and José Espinguela
"Peace in the Valley" Red Foley and the Sunshine Boys 1951
"Polonaise in A Major" ("Polonaise militaire"),
Op. 40, No. 1, by Frédéric Chopin
Artur Rubinstein 1952
"Blue Suede Shoes" Carl Perkins 1955
Interviews with William "Billy" Bell
(Canadian-Irish northwoods work songs)
Recorded by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives 1956
Howl Allen Ginsberg 1959
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart Bob Newhart 1960
"Be My Baby" The Ronettes 1963
"We Shall Overcome" Pete Seeger 1963
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" The Rolling Stones 1965
"A Change Is Gonna Come" Sam Cooke 1965
The Velvet Underground & Nico The Velvet Underground and Nico 1967
The Eighty-Six Years of Eubie Blake Eubie Blake 1969
Burnin' The Wailers 1973
Live in Japan Sarah Vaughan 1973
Graceland Paul Simon 1986


"Allons à Lafayette" was the best-known recording by Cajun accordionist Joe Falcon.
Fiorella LaGuardia read the comics on WNYC radio during the 1945 newspaper delivery strike.
The Sounds of Earth is an eclectic 90-minute record of life and culture, sent into space by NASA.

On May 14, 2008, the following 25 selections were made by the National Recording Preservation Board. [13][14]

Recording or collection Performer or agent Year National
The first transatlantic broadcast March 14, 1925
"Allons a Lafayette" Joe Falcon 1928
"Casta Diva" from Bellini's Norma Rosa Ponselle and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Giulio Setti December 31, 1928 and January 30, 1929
"If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again" Thomas A. Dorsey 1934
"Sweet Lorraine" Art Tatum 1940
Fibber McGee and Molly
Fibber's closet opens for the first time
Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan March 4, 1940
Wings Over Jordan May 10, 1942
Fiorello H. La Guardia reading the comics Fiorello H. La Guardia 1945
"Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)" T-Bone Walker 1947
Speech at the 1948 Democratic National Convention Harry S. Truman July 15, 1948
The Jazz Scene Various artists, produced by Norman Granz 1949
"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" Kitty Wells 1952
My Fair Lady Original cast 1956
Navajo Shootingway Ceremony Field Recordings Recorded by David McAllester 1957–1958
"Freight Train" and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes Elizabeth Cotten 1959
United States Marine Band Recordings for the National Cultural Center 1963
"Oh, Pretty Woman" Roy Orbison 1964
"The Tracks of My Tears" Smokey Robinson and the Miracles 1965
You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song Ella Jenkins 1966
Music from the Morning of the World Various artists, recorded by David Lewiston 1966
For the Roses Joni Mitchell 1972
Head Hunters Herbie Hancock 1973
Ronald Reagan radio broadcasts Ronald Reagan 1976–79
The Sounds of Earth
Disc prepared for the Voyager spacecraft
Thriller Michael Jackson 1982


Shortly after his Carnegie Hall debut on November 7, 1917, violinist Jascha Heifetz made his first recordings for Victor.
Marian Anderson performed for more than 75,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial, opening with "My Country, 'Tis of Thee."
Winston Churchill's "Sinews of Peace" address originated the term "Iron Curtain."

On June 10, 2009, the following 25 selections were made by the National Recording Preservation Board. [15]

Recording or collection Performer or agent Year National
"No News, or What Killed the Dog" Nat M. Wills 1908
Acoustic recordings for Victor Talking Machine Company Jascha Heifetz 1917–1924
"Night Life" Mary Lou Williams 1930
Sounds of the ivory-billed woodpecker 1935
Gang Busters 1935–1957
"Bei Mir Bistu Shein" The Andrews Sisters 1938
"O Que é que a Bahiana tem" Carmen Miranda 1939
NBC Radio coverage of Marian Anderson's recital at the Lincoln Memorial Marian Anderson April 9, 1939
"Tom Dooley" Frank Proffitt 1940
"Uncle Sam Blues"
Oran "Hot Lips" Page, accompanied by Eddie Condon's Jazz Band 1944
Mary Margaret McBride Mary Margaret McBride and Zora Neale Hurston January 25, 1943
"Sinews of Peace" (Iron Curtain) Speech at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri Winston Churchill March 5, 1946
"The Churkendoose" Ray Bolger 1947
"Boogie Chillen'" John Lee Hooker 1948
A Child's Christmas in Wales Dylan Thomas 1952
A Festival of Lessons and Carols as Sung on Christmas Eve in King's College Chapel, Cambridge King's College Choir; Boris Ord, director 1954
West Side Story Original cast 1957
"Tom Dooley" The Kingston Trio 1958
"Rumble" Link Wray 1958
The Play of Daniel: A Twelfth-Century Drama New York Pro Musica under the direction of Noah Greenberg 1958
"Rank Stranger" The Stanley Brothers 1960
"At Last" Etta James 1961
2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks 1961
The Who Sings My Generation The Who 1966
"He Stopped Loving Her Today" George Jones 1980

Odds and ends

See also


  • A The original 25 recordings from July 24, 1933 and July 28, 1934 are preserved at the Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York.[17]


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  13. ^ Logue, Susan (May 15, 2008). "Jackson, Reagan Added to National Recording Registry". VOA News (Voice of America). Retrieved January 3, 2009. 
  14. ^ "The National Recording Registry 2007". The Library of Congress. May 14, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2008. 
  15. ^ Metzler, Natasha (June 9, 2009). "New National Recording Registry entries announced". Associated Press, San Fransciso Chronicle. Retrieved June 10, 2009. 
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  17. ^ "National Archives Sound Recordings Named to National Recording Registry". U.S. Newswire. January 23, 2003. Retrieved February 24, 2007. 

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