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Talking Book Archive

The American Printing House for the Blind recorded its first audio book, Gulliver’s Travels, in 1936. APH Superintendent A.C. Ellis proudly stated in 1937 that the company was the only institution for the blind in the world capable of manufacturing talking books from start to finish. Today, the company’s museum has established a talking book archive to collect and preserve important early recordings and the work of well known APH narrators. The archive presently contains over 500 titles recorded on more than 2,000 rigid vinyl records, flexible vinyl records, reel-to-reel tapes, and cassette tapes. The collection includes the work of famed narrators Terry Hayes Sales, Burt Blackwell, Mitzi Friedlander, Jim Walton, Milton Metz, and many others. For more information call 1-502-899-2364.