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Philander Barclay's Wax Cylinder Recordings

Philander Barclay's Wax Cylinder Recordings
September 14, 2023 - 7:00:pm — 8:30:pm
Oak Park River Forest Museum

129 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60302
United States


Join us for a presentation on the early 20th century sound recordings of local historian Philander Barclay. Hear what the village historian heard and said!

Our Program Speakers

Anna-Maria Manuel is a lifelong Oak Parker. For 40+ years, she has been collecting and researching cylinder and disc recordings from the 1890s to 1930s. Motivated by her growing interest in Philander Barclay, in 1993 Anna copied the unique audio content from the set of Barclay's wax cylinders, long conserved by the Historical Society.

Bill Klinger, Anna's life partner, is a consulting engineer and record collector. He researches the history, technology, and products of the cylinder record industry. In 2001, the Library of Congress appointed Bill to be a founding member of the National Recording Preservation Board, formed to advise the librarian on the development of a national Sound Recording Preservation Program.


A special reception for members of the Philander Barclay Society will precede the lecture. Contact the museum for more information.