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Brown wax home recording of Lincoln's Gettysburg address, recited by Herbert D. West


Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
West, Herbert D.
Variant Title:
Gettysburg Address
Place of Publication:
[Place of production unknown],
Issued Date:
Personal recordings, History, Civil War, 1861-1865, and Speeches, addresses, etc., American
Speeches, addresses, etc., American, United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865, and Personal recordings
United States

The David Giovannoni Collection of home cylinder recordings (Set Number: 191-01, Originally acquired: John Levin, Union Phonograph Show 2012).

Brown wax cylinder.

Announcement at beginning: "--speech [...] at Gettysburg by Herbert D. West of Rockville, Connecticut; Lincoln's speech [with those?] at Gettysburg by Herbert D. West of Rockville, Connecticut."

Herbert D. West.

Place of recording likely the United States.


Male recitation. The speaker was a carpenter in Rockville City, Connecticut, born in 1862.

Physical Description:
1 cylinder (ca. 2 min.) : 121.4 rpm ; 2 1/4 x 4 in.
Audio musical
Cylinder Audio Archive
Library Location:
Department of Special Research Collections
Catalog System Number:
Copyright Holder:
University of California (System). Regents

MP3 files of the restored cylinders available for download are copyrighted by the Regents of the University of California. They are licensed for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License. Acknowledgments for reuse of the transfers should read "University of California, Santa Barbara Library." The original wav files (either unedited or restored) can be provided upon request for commercial or non-commercial use such as CD reissues, film/tv synchronization, use on websites or in exhibits. The University of California makes no claims or warranties as to the copyright status of the original recordings and charges a use fee for the use of the transfers. Please contact the University of California, Santa Barbara Library Department of Special Research Collections for information on licensing cylinder transfers.