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Nation's Forum Recordings: 1918-1920
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Nation's Forum Recordings: 1918-1920
Nation's Forum
"Nation's Forum" was a record label that produced recordings of the voices of prominent Americans from 1918-1920. The label was started by St. Louis attorney Guy Golterman for the purpose of making, "permanent records of great speeches and messages in Congress and elsewhere, so that posterity may listen to the voices of the war leaders of 1918." In many cases, these are the only voice recordings of the participant.

According to the Library of Congress, there were two distinct sets of recordings. The 1918 series were all 10" recordings and was apparently distributed only to political organizations and other groups. Many of these records did not have labels. The only one made available to the public was the recording of
General Pershing (with James W. Gerard on the reverse). This series was mostly devoted to WWI topics. The exact number of these recordings is unknown.


The second series (1919-1920) focused mainly on post-war issues and the 1920 election. This series is numbered 1-26, but also contains 3 non-numbered recordings by Eamonn DeValera, who led the fight to establish the Republic of Ireland.

All of the Nation's Forum were recorded in the studio with no audience present, for the purpose of recreating an important public speech.
 
1918 Series (non-numbered, only 1 issued to the public)
William G. McAdoo, former Secretary of the Treasury (D)
sound "American Rights" by William G. McAdoo, former Secretary of the Treasury (D)
America's Choice
sound "America's Choice" by Newton Baker, Secretary of War (D)
"League of Nations" by Gilbert Hitchcock, U.S. Senator (D-NE)
sound "League of Nations" by Gilbert Hitchcock, U.S. Senator (D-NE)
"Call of America" by J. Hamilton Lewis, U.S. Senator (D-IL)
sound "Call of America" by J. Hamilton Lewis, U.S. Senator (D-IL)
"Message to the American People" by Thomas Edison, Inventor
sound "Message to the American People" by Thomas Edison, Inventor
"No Rank in Sacrifice" by Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy (D)
sound "No Rank in Sacrifice" by Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy (D)
"On the Front" by Newton Baker, Secretary of War (D)
sound "On the Front" by Newton Baker, Secretary of War (D)
"One Hundred Million Soldiers" by Frank Vanderlip, former Assistant Secretary of Treasury
sound "One Hundred Million Soldiers" by Frank Vanderlip, former Assistant Secretary of Treasury
"On War " by Samuel Gompers, Labor Leader
sound "On War " by Samuel Gompers, Labor Leader
"Union Support for the World War Effort" by Samuel Gompers, Labor Leader
sound "Union Support for the World War Effort" by Samuel Gompers, Labor Leader
"The Nation in Arms" by Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior (D)
sound "The Nation in Arms" by Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior (D)
"The Navy is Ready" by Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy (D)
sound "The Navy is Ready" by Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy (D)
"The Republic Must Awaken" by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator (R-OH)
sound "The Republic Must Awaken" by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator (R-OH)

 

 

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sound The Third Liberty Loan" by Richard A. Purdy

John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
sound "United War Worker Campaign" by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
"Valley Forge" by Speaker of the House of Representatives (D-MO)
sound "Valley Forge" by Speaker of the House of Representatives (D-MO)
"What Are We Fighting For?" by Dr. Stephen Wise (Rabbi)
sound "What Are We Fighting For?" by Dr. Stephen Wise (Rabbi)
"From the Battlefields of France" by General John J. Pershing
sound "From the Battlefields of France" by General John J. Pershing
"Loyalty" (Message to German-Americans) by James W. Gerard, former Ambassador to Germany, November 23, 1917
sound "Loyalty" (Message to German-Americans) by James W. Gerard, former Ambassador to Germany, November 23, 1917
 
 
1919-1920 Series
"League of Nations" by Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. Senator (N.F. 1)
sound "League of Nations" by Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. Senator (R-MA) (N.F. 1)
"Revise Taxes" by William G. McAdoo, former Secretary of the Treasury (D) (N.F. 2)
sound "Revise Taxes" by William G. McAdoo, former Secretary of the Treasury (D) (N.F. 2)
"League of Nations" by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator (R-OH) (N.F. 3)
sound "League of Nations" by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator (R-OH) (N.F. 3)
"Democrats In The World War" by A. Mitchell Palmer, U.S. Attorney General (D) (N.F. 4)
sound "Democrats In The World War" by A. Mitchell Palmer, U.S. Attorney General (D) (N.F. 4)
"Americanism" by General Leonard Wood (N.F. 5)
sound "Americanism" by General Leonard Wood (N.F. 5)
"President Wilson" by Dr. Stephen Wise (Rabbi) (N.F. 6)
sound "President Wilson" by Dr. Stephen Wise (Rabbi) (N.F. 6)
"Law and Order" by Calvin Coolidge, Governor of Massachusetts (R) (N.F. 7)
sound "Law and Order" by Calvin Coolidge, Governor of Massachusetts (R) (N.F. 7)
"Loyalty" by Bainbridge Colby, Secretary of State (D) (N.F. 8)
sound "Loyalty" by Bainbridge Colby, Secretary of State (D) (N.F. 8)
"Save America!" by Nicholas Murray Butler, President of Columbia University (N.F. 9)
sound "Save America!" by Nicholas Murray Butler, President of Columbia University (N.F. 9)
"America Safe!" by James W. Gerard, former Ambassador to Germany (N.F. 10)
sound "America Safe!" by James W. Gerard, former Ambassador to Germany (N.F. 10)
"Citizenship" by Will H. Hays, Republican National Committee Chairman (N.F. 11)
sound "Citizenship" by Will H. Hays, Republican National Committee Chairman (N.F. 11)
"Democratic Achievement" by Champ Clark, ex-Speaker, House of Representatives (D-MO)
sound "Democratic Achievement" by Champ Clark, ex-Speaker, House of Representatives (D-MO) (N.F. 12)
"Theodore Roosevelt" by General Leonard Wood (N.F. 13)
sound "Theodore Roosevelt" by General Leonard Wood (N.F. 13)
Homer S. Cummings, Chairman (temp), Dem. Nat. Convention
sound "President Wilson" by Homer S. Cummings, Chairman (temp), Dem. Nat. Convention (N.F. 14)
"Summons to Duty" vy Homer S. Cummings, Chairman (temp), Dem. Nat. Convention (N.F. 14)
sound "Summons to Duty" vy Homer S. Cummings, Chairman (temp), Dem. Nat. Convention (N.F. 14)
"Americanism" by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator (R-OH) (N.F. 15)
sound "Americanism" by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator (R-OH) (N.F. 15)
"Democracy's Achievements" by Robert L. Owen, U.S. Senator (D-OK) (N.F. 16)
sound "Democracy's Achievements" by Robert L. Owen, U.S. Senator (D-OK) (N.F. 16)
"Equal Rights" by Calvin Coolidge, Governor of Massachusetts (R) (N.F. 17)
sound "Equal Rights" by Calvin Coolidge, Governor of Massachusetts (R) (N.F. 17)
"Safeguard America!" by Mrs. Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (Sister of Theodore Roosevelt) (N.F. 18)
sound "Safeguard America!" by Mrs. Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (Sister of Theodore Roosevelt) (N.F. 18)
"Confidence In Government" by James M. Cox, Governor of Ohio (D) (N.F. 19)
sound "Confidence In Government" by James M. Cox, Governor of Ohio (D) (N.F. 19)
"Americanism" by Franklin D. Roosevelt, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy (D) (N.F. 20)
sound "Americanism" by Franklin D. Roosevelt, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy (D) (N.F. 20)
"Readjustment" by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator (R-OH) (N.F. 21)
sound "Readjustment" by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator (R-OH) (N.F. 21)
"Peace, Progress and Prosperity" by George White, Chairman, Democratic National Committee (N.F. 22)
sound "Peace, Progress and Prosperity" by George White, Chairman, Democratic National Committee (N.F. 22)
"An Association of Nations" by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator (R-OH) (N.F. 23)
sound "An Association of Nations" by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator (R-OH) (N.F. 23)
"The World War" by James M. Cox, Governor of Ohio (D) (N.F. 24)
sound "The World War" by James M. Cox, Governor of Ohio (D) (N.F. 24)
"Liberty Under The Law" by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator (R-OH) (N.F. 25)
sound "Liberty Under The Law" by Warren G. Harding, U.S. Senator (R-OH) (N.F. 25)
"Prevention of War" by James M. Cox, Governor of Ohio (D) (N.F. 26)
sound "Prevention of War" by James M. Cox, Governor of Ohio (D) (N.F. 26)
"Recognition of the Republic of Ireland" by Eamonn DeValera
sound "Recognition of the Republic of Ireland" by Eamonn DeValera
"St. Patrick's Day Message" by Eamonn DeValera
sound "St. Patrick's Day Message" by Eamonn DeValera
"Memorial Address for Terence MacSwiney"
sound "Memorial Address for Terence MacSwiney" by Eamonn DeValera
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