Vanderbilt makes Warren recordings available

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A digital exhibit of recordings made by Kentucky author Robert Penn Warren has been made available to the public through the work of archivists at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

The recordings made in 1964 are of Warren, who won three Pulitzer Prizes and was the first U.S. poet laureate, and central figures in the civil rights movement such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Septima Clark, Robert Moses, Ruth Turner and Malcolm X.

The recordings had been preserved, but were divided between libraries at Yale University and the University of Kentucky and had gone largely unnoticed.

The Tennessean reports that the public now has easy access to the entire collection; they can hear, search and read the conversations online.

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