92nd Street Y's audio archives go back to 1949.
92Y began regularly recording spoken word events and concerts in its main auditorium, Kaufmann Concert Hall, during the 1960s and 1970s, respectively. Captured on tape are the voices of icons like W.H. Auden, Tennessee Williams, Tito Puente and Senator Eugene McCarthy, and performances by music legends like Yo-Yo Ma, Lazar Berman, Jaime Laredo, John Kander and Fred Ebb.
Though the 92nd Street Y began maintaining video archives (Beta format) of Kaufmann Concert Hall spoken word events and concerts in late 1996, our video archives date back to the 1970s. We are fortunate to have videotapes of appearances by movie stars, politicians, world leaders, historians, scientists, CEOs and literary legends, among other notable guests.
For a list of famous people who have appeared at 92nd Street Y, see A Who's Who of Famous 92Y Guests.
Journalists who quote or excerpt from these tapes must properly credit 92Y by stating, during the segment, that the event in question took place at "New York's 92nd Street Y," in the case of audio programs, or, in the case of video or film programs, with the on-screen caption "92nd Street Y, New York City" and/or the voiceover "New York's 92nd Street Y."
Because the events captured on these tapes were recorded in a space governed by the rules of the Theatrical Stage Employees Union (Local No. One IATSE, AFL-CIO), of which 92Y's stagehands are members, there may be a fee for using material from the tapes. Per Actors' Equity requirements, to which the stagehands' union defers, public radio and news shows may use up to three minutes of a recording at no charge. Non-news shows may have to pay a fee. Any program wishing to use more than three minutes of a recording will be charged a union-mandated buyout fee, which covers the crew cost for the entire event.
Permission from the Estate
If you wish to use more than three minutes of an archival spoken word recording, you must contact the talent or the talent's estate for written permission to do so (we will make every effort to help you locate the proper parties). Before we can give you the tape, we'll need a copy of that permission. With archival concert recordings, no single song or piece may be broadcast in its entirety without written permission from both the talent and 92Y.