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Diamonds in the Dung Heap

Maurice Crane, director of the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University since 1974.
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Maurice Crane, director of the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University since 1974.
G. Robert Vincent  began recording voices in 1912 at the home of president Teddy Roosevelt. He went on to amass the nation's largest private collection of recordings of the famous and the not so famous.
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G. Robert Vincent began recording voices in 1912 at the home of president Teddy Roosevelt. He went on to amass the nation's largest private collection of recordings of the famous and the not so famous.

Maurice Crane presides over a vast repository of the recorded voice. He's the curator of the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Reporting for Lost and Found Sound, NPR's Don Gonyea took the tour of the library and learned about the collection and the collector. The original collection was bequeathed by Robert Vincent; Crane has increased the tapes and records there 20 fold.

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